Hip replacement devices can provide patients—particularly the elderly—with increased mobility and reduced pain. Unfortunately, however, there have been dozens of hip recalls over the past decade, often times due to hip implant defects that cause patient harm. When a defective hip implant is used during a surgery, an affected a patient does not have to accept it; rather, if damages have been sustained, a civil action can yield compensation.
Common Hip Implant Defects
When a hip implant is defective, it can cause a patient undue harm, often resulting in related health complications or necessitating the need of a secondary correctional surgery. Some of the most common hip implant defects include:
- Premature failure;
- Loosening of joint;
- Improper fit; and
- Wear of metal-on-metal devices, causing metallic debris in body.
The above can cause pain, metal poisoning, inflammation, infection, death of body tissues, soft tissue damage, cysts, and muscle and bone damage.
Hip Replacement Recalls
When the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) learns that a hip implant is causing patient harm, it will issue a recall. Unfortunately, by the time a recall is issued, it is often too late; dozens of patients have already been harmed. Some of the most common defective hip replacement recalls include those manufactured by:
- DePuy Orthopaedics: In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics file a recall of its ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System.
- Styker Orthopaedics: On July 6, 2012 – Stryker announced it recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems. The issue comes from mechanically assisted corrosion and release of metal ions of Cobalt and Chromium that affect surrounding tissue and bone over time.
- Smith & Nephew
- Zimmer Holdings
- Wright Medical Technology
- Encore Orthopedics
- Biomet; and
What to Do If a Device Recall Affects You
If your hip replacement device is recalled or if you have suffered harm as a direct result of a defective hip replacement system or part, you should consult with a defective drug and pharmaceutical litigation attorney immediately. At Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC, our experienced team is ready to represent you to help you recover compensation for your losses. To learn more about your state’s statute of limitations, how to file a claim, and the type of compensation that you may be eligible to receive, schedule a consultation with our lawyers today.
Marie Napoli has over twenty years of experience handling Pharmaceutical Cases. Marie Napoli Hip transplants and the legal issues that surround defective devices. Marie understands the breadth of the legal issues that particularly affect women injured by pharmaceutical and other defective products. She is a breast cancer survivor and philanthropist. She channels her passion to create awareness and fund research through organizations and events such as the New York City Marathon.