Posted on: February 26, 2010
I’ve already discussed the difficult steps of a hip revision surgery, but I want to stress what a burden revision surgery can be for patients. Hip prostheses are meant to last approximately 15 to 25 years after the first surgery. This invasive hip surgery is performed on everyone from the elderly who are experiencing weakening bones, to middle aged people with osteoporosis, a bone deterioration disease that cause fragile bone tissue bones, increasing the risk of fracture, particularly of the hip.
DePuy’s ASR XL Acetabular System hip implant was introduced in 2005 and installed in approximately 93,000 people worldwide, with the assurance of lasting up to 25 years. An FDA recall in July, however, sent shockwaves among hip replacement patients, learning that 12-13% of ASR recipients experienced failure within the first five years.
DePuy’s hip implant was designed and marketed to young people. It was supposed to be a product that would last for years, reducing the number of revision surgeries that have less success rate and shorter time frames.
A first-time hip replacement patient has the most success with their first implant, which lasts on average 15-25 years. A second hip implant only lasts 12 years on average, and a third replacement lasts around 8 years. As a North Charleston personal injury lawyer , I think about the 30 year old who can’t walk again because DePuy promised them this hip would last 25 years and now within 7 years of their first replacement it’s failed.
DePuy is leaving some people stuck in a wheelchair for the rest of their lives, and many facing multiple revision surgeries throughout their lifetime. As the DePuy case gets more complicated, it is important to have a DePuy hip recall attorney on your side.