DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline California, Hip Replacement Recall Lawyers
The DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline California receives calls on a daily basis from people in in Bakersfield, Long beach, Los Angelos, Modesto, Monterey, Palm Springs, Beverly Hills, Sacramento, Redding, humboldt, Orange county, San Fenadinao, San Diego, Mendicino, Merced, San fernando, San Fransisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, San mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Fresno, Santa Monica, Ventua, and all of California with complications from their DePuy hip implant and revision surgeries. If you have been injured by a faulty hip replacement call today and speak to a medical social worker at the DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline.
If you have ever had pain in one or both hips, you know how excruciating that pain can be. You went into this surgery expecting a better quality of life but we hear stories of pain and suffering on a daily basis.This Hip replacement surgery was supposed to alleviate that pain. But when hip replacements fail, they may cause additional harm, including dislocation and infection, not to mention even more pain.Our callers all have needed revision surgery or are seeing their doctors to discuss potential revision surgery.They realize More surgeries may be needed.The DePuy Hip replacement helpline lawyers are filing lawsuits on behalf of these people, many seniors who may not be able to recover form additional surgeries and reach their pre-surgery level of functioning. The DePuy Hip replacement Helpline also receives calls from parents of disabled children with hip replacement failures.These children are set back months with revision surgeries and a difficult rehabilitation process
What Is The DePuy Hip Implant Replacement ?
The DePuy ASR (Articular Surface Replacement ) hip system is a metal on metal hip replacement. In a hip replacement surgeons replace or resurface the cup, known as the acetabulum. At the same time, they replace the femoral head or the ball of the femur in the hip with the femoral ball, almost always connected to a stem that fits down in the femur. It’s a bit of a euphemism because you’re not replacing everything in the hip. It is called a total hip arthroplasty.
DePuy Hip Replacement Recall
On August 26, 2010, DePuy announced the voluntary recall of the DePuy ASR Hip Implant systems. Over 90,000 Hip Implants have been recalled due to implant failures. These Implants have resulted in complications injuries and the need for revision surgeries.
The recall affects the ASR XL Acetabular System, which is used for total hip replacements, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, which is used in a newer kind of bone-conserving procedure. The DePuy hip recall was issued because data it received showed that five years after the hip was implanted, 12% of patients who had received the ASR Resurfacing System and 13% of patients who received the ASR total hip replacement needed to have it replaced. This is a high and unusual amount of revisions and certainly higher then would be anticipated.
FDA and Metal-on-Metal Devices
In February 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health communication about hip replacement components that have both a metal ball and a metal socket (metal-on-metal hip devices).
On May 6, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a postmarket surveillance study of total metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. Metal-on-metal (MoM) hip devices consist of a ball, stem, and shell, all made of metal parts. A postmarket surveillance study monitors adverse events after a device has been approved or cleared by the FDA. Manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants have orders from the FDA to further study the safety of metal-on-metal devices.
On the Depuy Hip Replacement Site The Manufacturers say:
"At DePuy, our mission for more than a century has been developing products and technologies that help patients who have been impacted by pain, disability and a loss of mobility return to a more active lifestyle. If DePuy finds that one of its products is not meeting the high standards of our company, our patients, or our surgeons’, we take appropriate action." In August 2010, DePuy issued a voluntary recall of our ASR™ Hip System after receiving new, then-unpublished data from a joint replacement registry in the UK. This data indicated that while the vast majority of patients with the ASR Hip System were not experiencing any problems, a higher number of ASR patients than previously reported to DePuy needed a second surgery, called a revision surgery, earlier than expected."
DePuy Hip Replacement Failure Complications and Symptoms
- Thigh pain
- Toxicity from the metal components
- Pain upon walking
- Pain when standing from a seated position
- grinding or popping noises
- Unexplained hip pain
- Groin pain
- Pain with weight bearing
If you have a DePuy Hip replacement you must see your doctor to test the Chromium and Cobalt levels in your blood. The effects and complications associated toxicity are servere. A DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit was filed by a man living in the San Francisco Bay area. The plaintiff underwent a total hip replacement surgery using the DePuy ASR hip implant in July 2007. In the ensuing months, the implant loosened from the patients’ acetabulum. Because of these problems, the plaintiff underwent a revision surgery in September 2008.
You may have heavy metal toxicity if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Chronic pain throughout the muscles and tendons or any soft tissues of the body
- Feeling of discomfort and fatigue
- Forgetfulness and confusion
- Chronic infections
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Visual disturbances
- Mood swings, depression,or anxiety
- Nervous system malfunctions
COBALT POISONING SYMPTOMS
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Neuropathy (nerve damage)
- Thyroid Problems
- Kidney Failure
- Skin Disorders
- Pulmonary Syndrome
CHROMIUM POISONING CAN CAUSE
- Elevated Cancer Risks
- Reproductive System Problems
- DNA Mutations
- Impaired Liver Function
Doctors say that the metal toxicity from chromium and cobalt debris can enter the blood stream and cause serious injury to DePuy hip implant patients. Someone whose blood contains more than 25 micrograms has cobalt poisoning. Even if you do not manifest these symptoms, you may have DePuy hip implant metallosis. You must have your bllod levels checked immediately.
DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline lawyers
Are filing lawsuits on Behalf of Victims with the failed Depuy Hip Replacement devices. If you or a loved one is suffering do to a failed DePuy and needs additional revision surgeries contact the DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline lawyers for a case review for:
- Compensatory damages
- Medical Bills
- DePuy Implant Metallosos
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Loss of consortium
- The need to go thru numerous revision surgeries
- Loss of quality of life
- Punitive damages
Congress Has finally Gotten Involved
Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the US Senate that would force medical device manufacturers to track the performance of implants after they were approved for sale.
The bill would allow the Food and Drug Administration to compel companies to track implants, such as replacement hips, that belong to a category of products that do not require human testing for approval.
The Helpline lawyers are ready to help you
The DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline attorneys are concerned about the effects of these hip replacements. If you or a loved one has a failed hip replacement and has been told you need revision surgery, metallosos, or any other complications call the Depuy Hip replacement Helpline today,
New DePuy Hip Replacement California News
Eight plaintiffs involved in DePuy Pinnacle hip problems lawsuits in California filed a motion on February 22, 2012, opposing transfer of their cases to the current multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Texas. Instead, the plaintiffs would prefer to have their DePuy Pinnacle implant litigation remanded to state court, citing their claims against Dr. Thomas P. Schmalzried, a California orthopedic surgeon.
California Multi District Litigation Update
STRYKER HIP REPLACEMENT RECALL
Stryker Orthopaedics Recalls Rejuvenate Modular Hip System
In July 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics voluntarily recalled its Rejuvenate Modular Hip System. The recall includes both Stryker’s Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems.
possible fretting and/or corrosion at the modular-neck junction, which may result in pain and/or swelling.
- Joint loosening/dislocation
- Device wear and tear, such as corrosion and fretting
- Excessive metal debris leading to metal ion generation
- Inflammation of tissue
- Hypersensitivity/allergic response
- Broken devices
On December 3, 2010 the decision to consolidate the DePuy hip implant recall litigation was made, giving all cases filed in U.S. courts to Judge David A. Katz in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
During the consolidation, seven pending actions were transferred to Judge Katz from Alabama, California, Kentucky, Illinois, Mississippi, and Utah. According to the Transfer Order, “The actions share factual issues as to whether DePuy’s ASR XL Acetabular Hip System, a device used in hip replacement surgery, was defectively designed and/or manufactured, and whether DePuy failed to provide adequate warnings concerning the device, which DePuy recalled along with another ASR device,3 the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, in August 2010.
DePuy Hip Replacement lawyers are ready to help you in: Bakersfield, Chico, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angelos, Mendocino, Merced, Modesto, Monterey. palm springs, Palmdale, Redding, Sacramento, San Diego, San Fransisco, San gabriel valley, San Jose, San mateo, San Louis Obispo, Santa barbara, Santa Cruz, Santa Maria, Siskiyou, Stockton, Susanville, Venture, Visalia, and all of California.