Posted on: September 3, 2010
Knowing how long your hip implant should last will help you figure out if something is going wrong with it. More than 400 hip implant patients reported problems with DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL hip implant because they noticed it was failing prematurely. Without that knowledge, those reports may not have emerged.
If a hip implant is designed correctly and is maintained by the patient, it should last 15 to 25 years with an early failure rate of 5%.
Patients also play a role in maintaining the longevity of their implant. Some of the factors affecting the longevity of the implant include the recipient’s overall physical condition and health, the degree to which the patient maintains a normal weight and how accurately the device was placed during the surgery.
Patients who alter their behavior to protect the hip will prevent the joint from loosening and wearing out from heavy use. If you notice an early failure rate, it could signal a problem with your device. The DePuy ASR device had a failure rate of 12-13 % in the first five years. If there is a flaw with your hip replacement you may be eligible for a personal injury claim and should contact a North Charleston personal injury lawyer .