Hip replacement problem
Some patients with a DePuy or Zimmer hip replacement say they have had a problem with their implant
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than 193,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States and more than 90 percent of these do not require revision. But some do create a problem, including certain DePuy and Zimmer models.
In August 2010, DePuy said it would issue a DePuy hip recall two hip replacement products: the ASR XL Acetabular System, a total hip replacement system; and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, a partial hip replacement designed to preserve more bone.
On July 22, 2008, Zimmer Inc., manufacturer of the Zimmer Durom cup, Metasul Durom acetabular hip replacement component, suspended the product, in effect a Zimmer Durom recall. Our defective drugs and medical devices lawyers are currently speaking with people who have experienced a problem or failure of one of these devices, injury, and/or required additional surgery to correct a problem component.
New technology and advances in surgical techniques have greatly reduced the risks involved with hip replacements.
The most common problem that may arise soon after hip replacement surgery is hip dislocation. Because the artificial ball and socket are smaller than the normal ones, the ball can become dislodged from the socket if the hip is placed in certain positions. The most dangerous position usually is pulling the knees up to the chest.
The most common complication of hip replacement surgery that arises later on is an inflammatory reaction to tiny particles that gradually wear off of the artificial joint surfaces and are absorbed by the surrounding tissues. The inflammation may trigger the action of special cells that eat away some of the bone, causing the implant to loosen.
Treating hip replacement problems
To treat this complication, the doctor may use anti-inflammatory medications or recommend revision surgery (replacement of an artificial joint). Medical scientists are experimenting with new materials that last longer and cause less inflammation. Less common complications of hip replacement surgery include infection, blood clots, and heterotopic bone formation (bone growth beyond the normal edges of bone). Studies are also looking at the use of bisphosphonates, ciprofloxacin, pentoxifylline, and other medications to prevent this bone resorption around the implants.
Hip replacement problem and your legal rights
If you have had a problem with a hip replacement such as certain models by DePuy or a Zimmer hip, you may be entitled to compensation. You should act immediately to contact a lawyer experienced in matters involving defective medical devices. Our firm is currently investigating claims against against DePuy Orthopaedics and Zimmer. We invite you to contact us for a free, confidential consultation about your possible Zimmer or DePuy hip lawsuit. Please complete the form below and a representative will be in touch shortly.
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