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Depuy Hip Replacement Complications, Symptoms

Have you had complications from a faulty Depuy Hip Replacement? The Depuy Hip Replacement lawyers of Depuy Hip Replacement Helpline are reviewing cases of victims of the faulty DePuy.
Depuy Hip Replacement lawyers are experienced in helping victims of a Failed Depuy 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 DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline today to discuss your legal rights and options. All cases are taken on a contingency 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
  • Complications from revision surgery, multiple surgeries
  • Loss of enjoyment of certain activities
  • Pain
  • Popping
  • Grinding
  • dislocation
  • cement extrusion
  • Metal sensitivity
  • Loosening of the prosthesis
  • Infection
  • Dislocation
  • Bone fracture
  • High metal ions levels in their bloodstreams

Cobalt Toxicity and Chromium Toxicity Symptoms

If you have a DePuy Hip replacement you must check your blood levels for high levels of Chromium and Cobalt. A high level of toxicity is characterized by symptoms of vision impairment, hearing loss, pain, swelling, and “brain fog.” This toxicity can cause allergic reactions and even death. Cobalt toxicity is an condition caused by excessive levels of cobalt in the body. .

Symptoms of metal toxicity Include:

   COBALT POISONING SYMPTOMS

  •     Gastrointestinal Problems
  •     Neuropathy (nerve damage)
  •     Thyroid Problems
  •     Kidney Failure
  •     Skin Disorders
  •     Hemorrhage
  •     Pulmonary Syndrome

    CHROMIUM POISONING CAN CAUSE

  •     Elevated Cancer Risks
  •     Reproductive System Problems
  •     DNA Mutations
  •     Impaired Liver Function

 Recalled  Hip Replacement Complications that can occur years after surgery can include:

 

  • aseptic loosening
  • aggressive granulomatosis,
  • stress shielding
  • heterotopic ossification
  • luxation
  • bone fractures
  • and prosthetic fracture
Thousands  are enduring these and other complications as a result of having received the defective DePuy hip implants. The problems present a difficult choice for many: endure the present pain or have another surgery that may or may not correct their condition. As we can see, revision surgery is no guaranteed fix and a full recovery could take years.
 
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.
 Congress To Look at legislation                                                                                                                                                                                                     "Democrats and Republicans are now examining metal-based hip replacement implant's safety".
 

Katie Korgaokar captures the attention of a Senate panel examining medical device safety on Capitol Hill with her story of a faulty ASR hip implant made by DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., accusing the surgeon who implanted the device of receiving more than $600,000 in consulting fees from DePuy. More than 96,000 patients have been affected by the massive global recall of a total hip replacement system made by DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Katie Korgaokar, one of those unlucky patients, spoke for all of them  at a U.S. Senate hearing on medical device safety. "I thought I was getting good advice. I researched the doctor. I picked him. I just don't know what I could've done differently," she said. "It still blows me away that something that goes into the body doesn't get tested properly."

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 have required 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 Orthopedics, 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 the DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline to speak to a medical social worker and 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.

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