If you are having complications with your DePuy Hip Replacement call the DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline Washington D.C. and speak to medical social worker about you failed DePuy. DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline lawyers are available to explain the DePuy Hip Replacement lawsuit. Helping people in:
- Northern Virginia
- Southern Maryland
- Washington D.C
Why a total Hip Replacement ?
If your hip was been damaged by arthritis, a fracture, or other conditions, common activities such as walking or getting in and out of a chair may have become painful and difficult. Your hip may be stiff, and it may be hard to put on your shoes and socks. You may even feel uncomfortable while resting.
When medications, changes in your everyday activities, and the use of walking supports do not adequately help your symptoms, you may consider hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can relieve your pain, increase motion, and help you get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities. The DePuy was to be the magic cure for hip pain and improve quality of life. The majority of people effected by this are senior populations who were depending on this to improve their quality of life and not put them back in the hospital for revision surgeries and more pain and rehabilitation.
History of the DePuy Hip Replacement
On August 24, 2010, DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced 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.
Complications associated with the Hip replacement recall
- 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:
- Cement extrusion
- Immediate dislocation
Complications that can occur years after surgery can include:
- aseptic loosening
- aggressive granulomatosis,
- stress shielding
- heterotopic ossification
- and prosthetic fracture
Cobalt Toxicity DePuy Hip Implant Alert
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
The DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline and The DePuy lawyers 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.
What should you do?
- If you have a DePuy hip Replacement Implant you must get tested for Cobalt or Chromium levels in your blood. This is whether you have complications or side effects
- If you have any of the complications listed you must see your Orthopedic Surgeon immediately to discuss revision surgery.
- If revision surgery is advised or if you have toxic levels in your bloodstream you must contact the DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline for a DePuy lawyer to be advised of your rights and the appropriate next step to protect your rights.
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 dePuy Hip replacement helpline is waiting and hoping for justice.
Call the DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline Washington D.C today