DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits
DePuy Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant
DePuy Orthopaedics issued a voluntary recall of its metal-on-metal ASR hip system in August 2010 because it was discovered that the device failed at a rate more than two times the industry average. Other complications included metallosis, which occurs when tiny particles of metal splinter off the implant into the patient’s bloodstream. This can lead to tissue and bone damage as well as kidney and liver problems. However, the company continued to sell metal on metal hip components in its Pinnacle line of replacements even though the company knew these complications occurred with metal on metal implants. DePuy never issued a recall for its Pinnacle hip implants and now there are thousands of outstanding claims against the company due to injuries suffered from Pinnacle Hips.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Side Effects
It has been reported that metal-on-metal hip replacements have the highest failure rate and fail at a rate of over 10%; meaning that many patients will need to endure costly and painful revision surgery.
In addition to device failure, metal-on-metal hip replacements can causes metal ions to enter into bloodstream and create a condition called metallosis. Because these devices are made from a blend of several different metals, they can release metal particles into the blood stream and surrounding tissue when the metal parts rub against each other. A buildup of this type of metal in the body can be toxic, leading to serious complications affecting the nervous system, skin and other organs. Symptoms of metallosis can include:
- General hypersensitivity reaction (skin rash)
- Neurological changes including sensory changes (auditory, or visual impairments)
- Psychological status change (including depression or cognitive impairment)
- Renal function impairment
- Thyroid dysfunction (including neck discomfort, fatigue, weight gain or feeling cold)
Other people have experienced pain, swelling, and joint dislocation. If you have a metal-on-metal hip implant and have experienced any of the side effects mentioned above or below, please call our firm:
- Implant Failure
- Revision Surgery
- Elevated levels of cobalt and/or chromium in the blood
- Diagnosis of metallosis
- Loosening of the device
AFFECTED BY A DEPUY HIP?
DePuy Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Models
- DePuy ASR (2010 recall)
- DePuy Pinnacle
Are You Eligible for a DePuy Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
The Feeney Law Firm is committed to seeking justice for those affected by metal hip replacements. Fighting to keep people safe from corporate greed and self-interest is our passion. We are here to help make that process as simple as possible for you and your family. Call us now at 1-800-710-3121 for a FREE consultation. Don’t wait; your time to file a metal hip replacement lawsuit may be limited.