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Nebraska Hip recall lawyers and the DePuy Hip replacement Helpline are ready to help you.

If you are having complications with your DePuy Hip Replacement call the DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline Nebraska and speak to  medical social worker about you recalled DePuy Hip . Hip Replacement  recall Helpline lawyers are available to explain the DePuy Hip Replacement lawsuit. Hip replacement recall lawyers are ready to help you in Grand Island, Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha, Scottsbluff and all of Nebraska.

The Hip recall

On August 24, 2010, DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, issued a global recall of the ASR™ XL Acetabular System. This total hip replacement has been available in the U.S. since July 2003. Included in the recall was the DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System, a partial replacement, only approved for use outside the U.S. The recall was initiated following a study which showed that many patients receiving the hip implants suffered from severe pain, stiffness and swelling, followed by popping and grinding sensations, which interfered with their ability to walk, stand, or sit for long periods of time. These symptoms worsened over time resulting in severe disability often requiring a second hip replacement surgery, called revision surgery.

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

 93,000 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.

The DePuy Story

DePuy ASR Metal on Metal  Hip Implants were introduced worldwide in July of 2003. These hip Implants  were first  used in the United States in 2005. DePuy pushed the approval of the DePuy ASR Hip Implant devices through the FDA on what is known as the fast track. This expedited FDA approval process, commonly known as the 510(k) Process, allows medical devices to avoid the rigorous clinical trials if the manufacturer can show that the device is "substantially equivalent" to other medical devices already approved by the FDA. DePuy persuaded the FDA that the ASR XL Hip System was similar to previously approved metal-on-metal hip implants. DePuy claimed that the ASR XL Hip System did not "raise any new issues of safety or effectiveness."
In December 2009, the Depuy ASR Hip Implant devices were recalled from the Australian market.
In March 2010, DePuy first notified doctors in the United States of the high failure rate of the DePuy ASR Hip Implant system based upon the Australian Joint Replacement Registry data.

Complications

Thigh pain
Pain upon walking
Pain when standing from a seated position
Unexplained hip pain
Metal products of the device coming off and showing in blood tests
Groin pain
change in positioning of the hip replacement device
Pain with weight bearing
Loose hip cups
Hip dislocations
Bone fractures
Pseudotumors from metal debris
Allergic reactions
Permanent muscle and tissue damage

There are further concerns regarding toxicity and high levels of chromium and cobalt in the bloodstream from the rubbing of the metal components.

Additional Complications Include:

  • Infection
  • Cement extrusion
  • Immediate dislocation

 Complications that can occur years after surgery can include:

  • aseptic loosening
  • aggressive granulomatosis,
  • stress shielding
  • heterotopic ossification
  • luxation
  • and prosthetic fracture

The DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline and The DePuy lawyers Nebraska are concened about victims of the faulty DePuy. DePuy Orthopaedics recalled its ASR replacement hip system because its components can come loose, fracturing the bone around the implant, depositing metal fragments in the bloodstream, and causing pseudotumors, pain and the need for revision surgeries. The DePuy hip Replacement Helpline is hopeful that new legislation will protect victims in the future.                                                                                     if you have a Depuy Hip Replacement you must:

  • Check your blood for toxicity and high levels of Chromium and Cobalt.
  • If you are having Complications see your Orthopedic Surgeon Immediately
  • Consider Revision surgery
  • Contact the DePuy hip Replacement  Helpline to speak to a Hip recall lawyer immediately before any revision surgery

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 Nebraska loved one has a  recalled hip replacement and has been told you need revision surgery, metallosos, or any other complications call the Depuy Hip replacement Helpline today,

DePuy Hip Recall lawyers are ready to help you in: Grand Island, Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha, Scottsbluff and all of Nebraska.