What You Need to Know About DePuy Hips
Our Pinnacle Hip Implant Attorneys Break Down the Facts
DePuy Orthopedics, Inc. is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. They manufacture over 200 different orthopedic devices and supplies, including hip products. The ASR XL Acetabular System, the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and Pinnacle are three of their most popular hip implant systems. However, these prostheses are associated with numerous problems secondary to hip replacement failure. As a result of defective design, these metal-on-metal implants may fail, causing serious pain and more severe symptoms. Recovering from implant failure is a difficult, time-consuming and painful process as well.
Due to these risks, DePuy is now facing hundreds of lawsuits from consumers who were harmed by these defective systems. Below, the hip implant attorneys at Kershaw, Cook & Talley explain what you need to know about these devices.
What Are the Signs of DePuy Hip Implant Failure?
One of the most serious risks associated with defective DePuy hips is the risk of implant failure. During an initial hip revision surgery, the bones of the hip socket and femur are resurfaced and, in some cases, replaced with the implant. Failure of the implant often breaks these bones, making a second revision surgery difficult. Therefore, if you have a DePuy hip implant, then you should stay alert for signs of implant loosening or failure, and check with your doctor regularly.
Signs and symptoms of hip replacement failure include:
- Hip, groin, leg or lower back pain and/or swelling
- Problems walking
- Extreme fatigue or decline in physical ability
- Audible clicking or crunching sounds from the hip area
- Inflammation and infection
- A sensation of hip dislocation
- Hip dislocation or fracture
- Elevated metal levels (i.e. cobalt or chromium) in the bloodstream
Do I Need Revision Surgery for My DePuy Hip?
Depending on the circumstances, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend revision surgery to replace a defective hip, even if your implant has not failed. Some prolonged hip replacement problems that may require revision surgery include:
- Loosening or detachment of the implant
- Fracture of the bone around the implant
- Dislocation of parts of the implant
- Implant migration
- Excessively high metal levels (i.e. cobalt or chromium) in the bloodstream
If you have concerns about your implant, then speak to your doctor. Be sure to ask questions about your implant as well as the doctor’s experience.
Questions About DePuy Hips? Our Attorneys Have Answers
The DePuy Pinnacle was discontinued in mid-2013 but not recalled. Lawsuits are currently underway against the DePuy Pinnacle for its defective design as well as leeching metal debris into patients’ bloodstreams. If you have questions about your implant or believe that you may have grounds for a claim due to the failure of your implant, then contact our attorneys today.
At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, we always offer free, confidential consultations. Call (916) 520-6639 or contact us online today.