Patients who received a DePuy ASR hip replacement face a high risk of hip failure or other complications due to problems with the design of the metal-on-metal hip implant. Serious injuries have occured due to negligence in the design of the DePuy hip replacement system. (Also called the DePuy ASR hip replacement system). This could cause thousands of people to experience devastating hip pain and potentially require additional surgery to replace the DePuy ASR hip implant.
What Are The Dangers Of A DePuy ASR Hip Implant?
There is approximately a one in eight chance of a DePuy hip implant failing and requiring surgery. 90,000 DePuy ASR Hips have been sold worldwide. Over 11,000 people could require additional hip replacement surgery due to the defective design of this implant.
There have also been reports of metal becoming exposed to the tissues of the body and causing damage to the bone and tissue near the hip implant, and causing a loosening of the hip. About 3.4% of all DePuy hip replacement recipients have suffered serious injuries due to metal debris from the implant.
How Did The Defective Product Come To Be Created?
How did DePuy Orthopedics produce a hip replacement system with such design defects? DePuy Orthopedics is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, Inc. which has an extensive history of designing medical devices. Having backgrounds in both engineering and law, the product liability litigators of our firm understand how negligently of products with serious design defects can occur in even the best corporations.
But first, a little background on the DePuy ASR hip replacement system. The hip replacement system uses a metal on metal hip implant. There several advantages to using metal in medical devices. A metal such as stainless steel or titanium is extremely strong and light. There is a great deal of engineering experience using metal ball and socket systems in industry. These systems can often be translated directly into replacing ball and socket systems in the human body. But the most important advantage of metal encased in the proper housing is that it is usually biocompatible. That is to say, the human body will not reject it. To see the problems which can occur with non-bioinert materials in the human body, one need look no further than the silicon breast implant product liability cases which bankrupted Dow Corning due to the injuries that it caused to its patients by the negligent design and manufacture of this product.
But metal on metal systems can develop problems, especially in medical devices where it is impossible to lubricate the joint on a continuous basis. (This would require, further surgeries).
What Is The Best Thing For Depuy Patients To Do?Most DePuy ASR hip replacement patients will not suffer injuries. But all should speak with a physician and ensure that they look out for the symptoms of injuries hip pain, swelling of the hip and problems walking. Even those patients who do not suffer from severe injuries should consult with an attorney.
It would be best if all of the DePuy patients could be combined into a class action lawsuit and represented by a single outstanding law firm. But the law does not allow a case where different people suffer all kinds of different personal injuries to be combined into a single class action lawsuit. Each DePuy ASR hip replacement recipient must find his or her own attorney to represent his or her interests.
If you or someone you know has had a DePuy hip implant, even if you do not yet have symptoms, please contact our firm for a free initial consultation.