- DePuy Hip Replacement Problems
- Symptoms of Hip Problems
- DePuy Replacement Hip Surgery
- Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
- Fretting and Corrosion
Symptoms of Hip Problems
DePuy’s ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing Platform were recalled in August 2010 because of an increased rate of failure compared to other artificial hip replacements. One out of every eight patients who received one of the recalled DePuy hip replacements required repair surgery within five years to correct problems with the device.
Although pain or discomfort may be normal after hip replacement surgery, if these symptoms reoccur or do not go away within a reasonable period of time, they could be a sign of problems with your DePuy hip implant.
DePuy’s ASR devices are part of a class of implants known as metal-on-metal bearings, which use a metal ball and socket design to artificially simulate the range of motion of the hip joint. Over time, the metal parts of this ball and socket can rub against each other, causing metal debris to collect in the joint and muscles around the hip.
The first signs of problems with DePuy hip replacements may include pain or swelling in the hip area and problems walking. Over time, this can lead to other more serious problems, including loosening of the implant from the bone to which it is attached, fractures or broken bones where the device is implanted or dislocation of the two parts of the implant.
Patients who have experienced pain, problems walking or other problems with their DePuy hip replacement system may wish to speak with their doctor to determine if they may require revision surgery. Although DePuy hip replacements are designed to last 15 years or long, many of these devices have failed much earlier than this, even if there are no initial signs of problems.
If you or a loved one received a DePuy hip replacement that required repair surgery, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located to the right of this page.