Replacing the hip joint is a common surgery to improve a patient’s mobility and their quality of life. DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, is one of many companies that produces hip replacement devices. In 2010, DePuy recalled its ASR hip implants, including the ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System models due to defective designs. Defects included a shallow artificial cup and the metal-on-metal construction of the artificial joint. The DePuy Pinnacle hip implant has also caused problems for patients when used with a metal liner.
DePuy Hip Side Effects
DePuy’s hip replacement devices have caused several adverse reactions and in many cases caused patients to require additional surgery to replace the defective implant, subjecting them to more pain, temporary disability and additional risk of surgical complications.
DePuy hip replacement problems include:
- Pain and swelling
- Loosening and misalignment of the replacement hip
- Difficulty sitting, standing and walking
- Loss of bone
- Metal toxicity/metallosis affecting major organs, blood and cognitive function
Metallosis is one of the most dangerous side effects of hip replacement devices. This occurs when metal fragments get absorbed into the bloodstream and causes metal debris to build up in the body’s soft tissues. The metal build up causes toxicity that can result in dizziness, headaches and nervous system issues.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or required additional surgeries after receiving a DePuy hip replacement, you may be eligible for compensation. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today.
Although there have been reported injuries with this device, the FDA has not recalled its approval at this time. Do not stop taking a prescribed medication without first consulting with your doctor. Discontinuing a prescribed medication without your doctor’s advice can result in injury or death.