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Metal On Metal Hip Implant Lawyers, DePuy Hip Lawsuit, Stryker Hip Lawsuit

Are You A Victim Of A Failed Metal On Metal Hip Implant?

Our lawyers are offering help to people who need revision surgery from a failed DePuy or Stryker Hip Implant. Speak to a hip Implant lawyer now.

Failed hip replacements often require a painful and expensive revision surgery. Our hip replacement lawyers work to help victims affected by defective hip replacement implants get compensation through hip replacement lawsuits.

Metal On Metal Hip Implants Have Been Recalled

Depuy Hip Replacement Recall

DePuy ASR
DePuy Pinnacle

In August 2010, Depuy Orthopaedics recalled its metal on metal ASR hip replacement after the device began failing at a rate higher than expected. The New York Times reported nearly 5,000 complaints were filed with the FDA in association with this device in 2011 alone.

Stryker Hip Replacement Recall

Rejuvenate
ABG-II Modular Stems
 

 On July 6, 2012 Stryker Orthopaedics' voluntarily removed  the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neckstems from the market and terminated global distribution of these products.

If you arre a victim of either of these products call us for a hip implant lawyer

 

 

US Senators Demand More FDA Oversight On Depuy Hip Replacement

 

by Brian Devine on December 18, 2011

Following the massive DePuy hip replacement recall, Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) have introduced legislation to help protect patients from being exposed to dangerous medical devices and to ensure that recalls are conducted promptly when a company learns that a device is defective.

This bipartisan bill authorizes the FDA to require post-market clinical studies for medical devices such as hip implants, that could have serious safety risks.  The bill also gives the FDA the ability to require manufacturers to conduct safety studies after a device is approved through the expedited 510(k) process, the regulatory loophole that allowed the DePuy ASR to be sold in the United States.

“This reform legislation should be part of the reauthorization of the medical device user fee law next year,” Grassley said. “The reforms incorporate well-founded recommendations from the Government Accountability Office and reflect the value of having a robust post-market surveillance operation in the FDA. Important information can be learned about product safety after a device is on the market, and when there are problems, the sooner the response, the better.”

“Unsafe medical devices pose severe dangers to patients and impede approval of new, safe devices – causing significant costs to our economy as well as health,” said Blumenthal. “This bill will help protect people from dangerous unsafe medical devices by demanding more consumer safeguards, improving recall management, avoiding costly recalls, and preventing irreversible injury to patients. By removing unsafe devices from the market more quickly and efficiently, we’re preserving a faster approval track for safe and effective products to reach patients.”

“Faulty medical devices, especially those implanted in the body, can have disastrous health impacts on patients,” Kohl said. “This legislation will help ensure that FDA can act quickly and decisively when there’s a problem, and that the drive toward getting new technologies to market won’t come at the risk of patient safety.”

The three Senators also sent investigative letters to five companies, including Johnson & Johnson / DePuy.  The Senators have requested details about DePuy’s post-market surveilance of the ASR implant, and how and when it decided to recall the ASR from the market. The letter said:

    As the Special Committee on Aging’s recent oversight hearing detailed, effective post-marketing surveillance practices allow companies to recognize problems with medical devices in a timely fashion, preventing expensive recalls later, and can also save lives and prevent unnecessary suffering.

FREE LEGAL SHIELD LAWYERS FOR DEPUY HIP IMPLANT RECALL  INJURIES

Lawyers for the Depuy Hip Replacement are currently representing people nationwide who have had a DePuy ASR hip implant or a metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant that failed.  If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused by a metal-on-metal hip implant, call 1 800 733-5342 innediatley  to recover damages in a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the Depuy.

Depuy Hip Replacement Lawyers, Faulty Depuy Implant Complications

Have you had complications from a faulty Depuy Hip Replacement? The Depuy Hip replacement lawyers of Free Legal Shield can help.

Depuy Hip Replacement lawyers are experienced in helpling victims of a Failed depu Hip replacement recall.

 DePuy hip replacement lawyers are accepting nationwide cases  for  those who have suffered injury as a result of being implanted with the DePuy Hip Replacement System. If you or someone you love has been injured by the failure of a Depuy ASR hip  replacement,  contact our Dabngerous medical implant department today to discuss your legal rights and options.All cases are on a contigency basis
DePuy Hip Replacement System Recall

In February 2011, the Food and Drug Administration stated that there are “unique risks” for “metal-on-metal” artificial hips because tiny metal ions can wear off and damage nearby tissue. Patients who received all metal implants should be aware of potential symptoms which may occur after surgery and indicate that their device is not functioning properly.

Complications Associated with the depuy Hip Replacements Include:

  • Pain in the groin, hip or leg
  • Swelling at or near the hip joint
  • A limp or change in walking ability
  • Continued pain
  • The need for a second surgery
  • The need for tests and medical monitoring on hip replacements that have yet to go bad
  • Costly medical bills
  • Loss of enjoyment of certain activities
  • Pain
  • Popping
  • Grinding
  • Metal sensitivity
  • Loosening of the prosthesis
  • Infection
  • Dislocation
  • Bone fracture
  • High metal ions levels in their bloodstreams

 

Medical journals in different countries say that metal-on-metal hip replacement implants are reputed to be one of the best options when it comes to diseased hips. In fact, the surgery itself is said to be one of the most common medical procedures with around 90% success rate. However, things may have taken a different turn because "Democrats and Republicans are now examining metal-based hip replacement implant's safety".

In some cases, the DePuy hip system implant had failed after just a few years. The Food and Drug Administration has received over 300 complaints from people who have been implanted with the ASR DePuy hip implant since 2008. Patients have come forward to complain of loose DePuy ASR Acetabular Cups, which required revision surgery. The ASR hip cup revision reports mention instances of loosening, pseudotumour and metallosis.

DePuy hip complications may require hip revision surgery

Patients who experience the most serious DePuy hip complications – loosening of the implant, hip bone fracture, and hip implant dislocation – will have to undergo hip revision surgery, a costly replacement procedure that is more complicated and painful than the original surgery.

Even those allowed to keep their implant won’t necessarily be free of DePuy hip complications. Some DePuy hip complications simply aren’t catastrophic enough to require immediate revision. All DePuy hip recipients, for example, are at risk of developing metallosis, specifically cobalt and chromium poisoning – a proven DePuy hip complication linked to tumors and cancer.  Metallosis, also called metal poisoning, can cause damage extensive enough to make revision surgery impossible.

A recent article in the New York Times quotes Dr. Stephen Graves, the director of an implant database in Australia (the ASR has been implanted in patients worldwide), who said that the DePuy ASR hip implant had been failing early at a significantly higher rate than that of some of its competitors' hip implants.

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. has recalled all of its ASR XL Acetabular Hip Systems and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems. These metal on metal prosthetic systems have been in use since 2003. However, even before their product was recalled, lawsuits have alleged that DePuy manufactured a defective product and had failed to properly warn patients and doctors of all the problems with the implant.

Numerous DePuy ASR patients have complained about these now-recalled products since 2008. However it wasn't until August 24, 2010, DePuy issued a recall of the hip implants. Approximately 93,000 devices have been implanted worldwide, according to DePuy and there is expected to be many lawsuits from the patients of these defective devices and the negligence shown by DePuy in designing, manufacturing and selling these devices.
What Should You Do Next

If you have any of the complications listed above form a failed Depuy Hip Replacement the first order of business is to see your doctor to consider revision surgery,  The you must get a lawyer to protect your legal rights and demand justice for your pain and suffering.

Call Free Legal Shield to speak to an experienced Depuy Hip Replacement  attorney to determine if you have a claim against DePuy. Our lawyers are currently accepting these cases nationwide on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay only if we win your case.