Oklahoma Depuy Hip Replacement Injury Lawyers

According to the manufacturer, the DePuy ASR hip implant was meant to last for about 15 years. Tragically, a variety of studies have shown otherwise. The implant can fail within only a few years and numerous complications associated with this implant have been reported.hip_recall1

Johnson & Johnson had already begun to phase out the ASR hip replacement implant system when, after numerous complaints and studies, it acknowledged in March 2010 that the device was prone to early failure. Just how prevalent was the implant’s failure? It has been shown that one in eight people implanted with the DePuy ASR hip replacement system must undergo a hip revision surgery, or complete replacement of the hip replacement system, in less than five years. Beyond the need for additional surgery, problems associated with the device include pain and swelling, repeated dislocations, possible bone fractures, bone loss and more, which make future hip replacements even more complicated. Worse, even with hip revision surgery, victims may never fully recover from their injuries. Additional complex, painful and costly surgeries may also be required.

hip_replacement2If you have been implanted with the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement system that is subject to the recall, chances are you have received a letter from the surgeon who performed your operation and, quite possibly, by a DePuy hip recall claims adjuster. What you must be aware of is that this is a critically important issue—you must receive proper medical care and should not simply agree to whatever your physician or a DePuy representative offers or recommends. You should consult with an experienced Oklahoma DePuy Hip Lawyer before signing anything that could adversely impact your ability to receive adequate care and just compensation in the future.

If you are suffering complications after hip replacement surgery involving a DePuy hip implant device, or have had this surgery and are worried you may develop complications, you owe it to yourself to contact our Oklahoma DePuy Hip lawyers immediately. We will protect your legal rights, do everything possible to ensure you receive the best possible care, and fight to help you obtain compensation for your injuries.

You should know that you will not have to pay us any fee whatsoever unless we successfully obtain compensation in your case. We invite you to explore our site for more information about DePuy hip replacement complications, who we are and how we can assist. Contact us to set up an initial, free consultation, or call us directly for an appointment. You do not have to suffer alone—we are here to assist you.

Oklahoma DePuy Hip Recall

The Food and Drug Administration approved the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System total hip replacement and ASR Hip Resurfacing System in 2003. Since then, these products have been used in more than 93,000 hip replacement surgeries worldwide. While they were clearly a success from a sales and marketing point of view, the results for patients have been, to put it mildly, not nearly as impressive. DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson responsible for the manufacture of these implants, recalled the products in August of 2010 due to a high failure rate.

What Went Wrong?

To put it simply, the DePuy ASR is essentially a ball-and-socket hip implant—a metal “ball” fits into a metal “socket” or “cup.” Metal was chosen because it was thought that metal-on-metal would provide greater durability. However, many orthopedic surgeons have stopped using metal-on-metal implants due to concerns that they can cause major tissue and bone damage. And while it has not been established conclusively why the DePuy system has experienced so many instances of early failure, recent studies have indicated that metal on metal devices can begin to wear out quickly, leading to large amounts of metal being absorbed into the patient’s body. In addition, a number of physicians now believe that the socket (or cup) of the DePuy implant is not deep enough, causing improper implantation and the creation of a wide range of the problems and complications associated with the product. So far, DePuy has insisted that this is not the case.

Complaints, Complications, Compensation

The Food and Drug Administration has received more than 400 complaints of problems with DePuy implants. This, however, is the tip of the iceberg. A study from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales demonstrated that there was an 11 to 12 percent risk of hip failure so severe that revision surgery was required within five years of the original implant. That’s approximately one out of eight patients receiving the implant.

So what types of complications or problems are people who have received this implant suffering from? Here is a partial list:

Then, of course, there is the prospect of additional surgery.

Although DePuy has been providing some compensation to patients since the recall in 2010, it may not cover all the expenses incurred after hip replacement surgery. Nor will it cover many of the diagnostic or blood tests needed to make sure a patient is healthy and to test for the adverse effects associated with bodily absorption of metals, i.e. metallosis. It also will not account for pain and suffering, lost wages or loss of future earning potential.

Our experienced DePuy hip recall attorneys can help you obtain every penny of compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.

Oklahoma Hip Replacement FAQ

How many people have had problems with DePuy hip replacement systems?

The FDA has received more than 400 complaints alone. It is estimated that of the 93,000 people who have received these implants, one in eight will require revision surgery within five years. That adds up to approximately 11,000 people. Clearly, you are not alone if you are suffering from the complications associated with these products.

What are these problems?

In addition to the need for additional surgery, complications/problems associated with DePuy hip replacement systems include:

Will new surgery repair the problems?

This is a complex question. A typical hip replacement surgery lasts about 15 years, then another is often required. Given the high failure rate of DePuy systems, and the possibility that additional surgery will be required within five years, the whole dynamic of the process has been altered. Also, given the range of serious side effects, complications and potentially irreversible damage caused by these defective products, there is no guarantee that additional surgery will ultimately prove successful.

What should I do if I am or have already been contacted by DePuy?

You should know that the compensation offered by DePuy may not cover all the expenses incurred after hip replacement surgery and will not cover many of the diagnostic or blood tests needed to make sure you are healthy and not at risk for the adverse effects associated with bodily absorption of metals, i.e. metallosis. Nor will it account for pain and suffering, lost wages or loss of future earning potential. In short, you should not sign anything sent to you by DePuy or the physician who performed your surgery. Contact an experienced personal injury/medical malpractice attorney first.

Our Attorneys Can Help

Symptoms may not appear right away. This is a very serious matter, with a potential for excruciating pain, suffering and long-term health problems. We do not wish to alarm you, but you should be aware of the risks. If you have had hip replacement surgery that incorporated a recalled DePuy system, you owe it to yourself and your emotional well-being to contact our office immediately. We will help you understand your rights and detail the many ways we can assist you.