DePuy Hip Replacement
DePuy ASR™ Implant
Due to a number of design flaws, DePuy Orthopaedics and its owner Johnson & Johnson have been forced to issue a recall of the ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System. These systems first became available in July 2003. If you or a loved one had a faulty DePuy ASR™ hip device implanted, we can provide you with information and advice.Recent data from the manufacturer shows a greater number of people than expected who experienced pain and other problems as a result of the ASR™ Hip System, often leading to a second hip replacement surgery called a “revision surgery.” New data shows that five years after implantation, approximately 12% of patients who had received the ASR™ resurfacing device and 13% of patients who had received the ASR™ total hip replacement—about 1 in 8 patients—have needed a revision surgery. BOWERSOX LAW FIRM expects the actual percentage of injured patients will be even higher.
DePuy Pinnacle™ Implant
The DePuy Pinnacle™ hip replacement device has not been recalled as of August 1, 2011. However, reports from some patients indicate that they are having significant problems since the implant of a DePuy Pinnacle™ hip device. If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with a DePuy Pinnacle™ device, please call BOWERSOX LAW FIRM for information and advice.
Symptoms and Causes
The patients who reported problems with DePuy hip devices during the first five years after implantation have experienced a variety of symptoms including pain, swelling, and mobility problems. These symptoms are normal if you have just had a hip replacement. However, if the symptoms persist, it is a sign that there may be a problem.
The symptoms above might be caused by problems such as:
- Loosening – when the implant does not stay attached to the bone in the correct position
- Fracture – when the bone around the implant may have broken
- Dislocation – when the two parts of the implant that move against each other are no longer aligned
- Component wear – when due to wear on the ball-and-socket juncture of the hip device, microscopic particles break off and cause fluid to collect in the hip joint and muscles, eventually causing pain and possible damage to muscles, bones, and nerves in the hip