Problematic Hip Replacement - What a Lawsuit Can Do For You
Defective hip replacement devices that result in injury can permit the injured person to obtain compensation through a lawsuit. Traditional hip replacement devices, composed of metal and polyethylene, tend to wear out in 12-20 years—which has become problematic in recent times since younger people are having hip replacements and people are living longer and being more active. The new ceramic devices were developed to address this, but researchers will have to wait to determine how long the ceramic models will last. Since the material is smoother than the metal and polyethylene used in traditional devices, the ceramic devices produce less friction with activity, and they may last longer than 20 years.
Ceramic joints, however, aren’t without their limitations. They first appeared in the 1990s, but were recalled by the FDA in 2001 because of higher than expected fracture rates. The most recent devices are made of a type of ceramic that is less likely to fracture. As more ceramic devices are being used, researchers will continue to track their effectiveness over the long term.
Information courtesy of Ridgeview Medical Center
On August 26, 2010, the New York Times reported that DePuy Orthopaedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, recalled two hip replacement implants because patients using those implants required a second hip replacement after failure of their first hip replacement. The recalled devices are the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. 93,000 units of the DePuy hip system were sold before production was phased out. There have been reports that the recalled DePuy hip implants had to be replaced at a rate that is more than twice the industry average.
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People with the recalled DePuy hip implants have complained of loosening, pseudotumor and metallosis. If you have been affected by the DePuy hip recall, complete the form on this page for a free DePuy hip lawsuit review from a Weitz & Luxenberg defective medical device lawyer. Weitz & Luxenberg is a leading personal injury law firm that has recovered more than $1 billion in a wide range of personal injury cases.
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