Hip injury and pain are serious matters. After all, hips are the largest ball-and-socket joint, designed to stabilize and support the weight of the entire body. Today there are a range of range of treatment options giving hope to those with hip pain.
Unfortunately, there have been a number of cases recently where patients have suffered serious pain, injury, and even had to endure another hip implant surgery after being implanted with a defective Depuy ASR and Pinnacle hip implants.
Depuy ASR and Pinnacle hip implants replace the body’s original hip joints. Hip replacement surgery is usually due to a fracture or injury to the hip, wearing down of the joint over time or osteoarthritis, or an age-related joint disease that can cause hip pain due to inflammation. Osteoarthritis is the most common reason why people have their hip replaced.
Faulty design can be blamed for the majority of DePuy ASR hip implant problems, as the shallow nature of the hip replacement cup can prevent proper attachment to the bone and can cause loosening of the hip implant. Many patients who experience loosening of their DePuy ASR hip have had to undergo painful and expensive hip replacement revision surgery.
The metal-on-metal construction of the DePuy ASR hip has also led to a number of injuries and problems. When friction occurs between the metal components of this artificial joint, small shards of metal can be released into the blood stream, which can cause a very serious form of metal poisoning known as metallosis.
Like the ASR hip system, the Pinnacle is made from a metal-on-metal construction, and friction can cause high levels of chromium and cobalt to enter the blood stream and metallosis.
In addition to metallosis, patients who have been injured by the DePuy Pinnacle hip have also reported:
- Difficulty standing and moving
- Implant loosening
- Clicking or popping noises coming from the implant
- Revision surgery
Physical symptoms of metallosis may include:
- Grey discoloration in the area surrounding the site of a metal implant
- Severe pain in the implant joint
- Loosening of the affected implant
- Bone deterioration around the implant
- Inflammation and swelling around the implant
Psychological symptoms of metallosis may include:
- Confusion or decreased cognitive function
- Nervous system issues
A high rate of failure in DePuy ASR hip implants led to an FDA recall of these medical devices in July 2010. To date, no recall has been issued for the DePuy Pinnacle hip system, but the maker of this device, Johnson & Johnson, has received numerous complaints of injury and /or revision surgery due to this device.
Can I file a lawsuit if I have have been injured by a Depuy Hip Implants?
Possibly. If a manufacturer produces a dangerous or defective product, it can be held responsible to those who are injured as the result of inadequate warnings, under a legal theory known as “product liability.” Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a Depuy Hip Implants, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced Depuy Hip Implants lawyer to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.