The recall of a hip implant prosthesis causes more than just temporary pain and suffering, it leaves patients with a life-time of complications and revision surgeries. As a Columbia personal injury lawyer dealing with patients who received a recalled DePuy hip implant I can only imagine the pain and suffering they’ve encountered by getting this device implanted.
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, recalled two hip implant products because of early failure rates. (NOTE: only the DePuy ASR XL hip was recalled in the United States.) Orthopedic specialists who have examined the ASR cup believe the fault lies in its shallow design, which not only makes it more difficult to position at the correct angle, but encourages the greater wear and abrasion.
The wear and abrasion can be especially painful and dangerous to implant patients. As the metal-on-metal DePuy implant wears out, the artificial joint can become detached from the bone, becoming misaligned and possibly introducing metal debris within patients’ bloodstream.
Because of DePuy’s faulty design, many patients are left with no choice but to face a second, more complicated surgery with higher failure rates and longer recovery periods. If you or a loved one has experienced negative results or pain from a DePuy hip prosthesis, contact a North Charleston personal injury lawyer.