Suffering with a Defective Hip Replacement?
Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip replacement surgery is generally performed to relieve pain and improve mobility in patients with severe hip damage caused by arthritis, fracture, traumatic injury, or other condition. There are three common hip replacement procedures, total hip replacement, partial hip replacement and hip resurfacing. In a total hip replacement, the entire hip joint (ball, socket and femoral stem) is removed and replaced with prosthetic components. In a partial hip replacement, only the femoral head (or ball) is replaced. And in a hip resurfacing procedure only the socket (or cup) is replaced and the surface of the ball is reshaped and capped with a rounded metal component.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Complications
Hip replacement components can be made from a variety of materials such as plastics, ceramics, and metals. However, in recent years, metal-on-metal hips became increasingly popular given their durability and expectation that they would last longer and give younger, more active patients increased mobility. Unfortunately, recent findings have revealed that the surfaces of these hip implants can fret and corrode, releasing metal ions, particulate matter and debris into the bloodstream and space surrounding the implant, putting patients at greater risk for metallosis, osteolosis, pain, infection, swelling, loosening, and other serious complications. Often these conditions require the need for revision surgery. The goal of revision surgery is to relieve pain and restore hip function in the patient by replacing the artificial hip implants that have failed or been damaged. In general, hip revision surgery is a higher risk and more difficult procedure, usually requiring more bone to be removed in order to replace the old implant.
We Handle Hip Replacement Recall Lawsuits Nationwide
Recently two of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers, Stryker Orthopaedics and DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recalled some of their most popular hip implant devices after early failure rates and other serious metal-on-metal hip complications associated with these devices were found. On July 6, 2012, a Stryker Hip Recall was issued for the Rejuvenate and the ABG II modular-neck hip stems after data revealed that the modular-neck stems may cause adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain, swelling, infection, and metallosis. On August 24, 2010, a worldwide DePuy Hip Recall was announced for the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System, after data showed that both DePuy ASR hip replacement systems had excessively high failure rates. Despite these recalls, other metal-on-metal hip implants still remain available.
Thousands of hip replacement recall lawsuits have already been filed. If you were implanted with a metal-on-metal hip, manufactured by Stryker, Depuy, Biomet, Smith & Nephew or Wright, whether it has been recalled or not, you may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit. For a free and immediate case evaluation please call Bernstein Liebhard today at 1-888-727-7285.