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DePuy Hip Recall Lawyer


Depuy Hip Replacement and Resurfacing Recall Lawsuit Attorney


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As people get older or they suffer injuries, they often struggle with their hips. The hip is one of the most common parts of the body that tends to wear down over time, and this process involves a high degree of pain, discomfort and the loss of mobility. In recent years, several medical companies have released products that were designed to help those suffering with hip problems by way of offering artificial hip replacement parts designed to perform much like a natural hip joint. One of the leading companies involved in this market is known as DePuy Orthopedics.


Unfortunately, several problems began to arise in relation to the two most commonly sold hip replacement parts offered by DePuy, leading to calls for help to DePuy recall lawyers around the United States. Below you'll find information including a brief description of these two main hip replacement parts, the problems that patients encountered with these products, the reaction to reports of these problems and finally information regarding how you should proceed if you or someone you love has suffered as a result of trusting these defective products and you need the help of experienced DePuy recall lawyers.


DePuy Hip Replacement and Resurfacing Implants


DePuy Orthopedics released two main product offerings designed to meet the growing demands of those consumers who needed hip replacement surgery. These products were known as ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The ASR XL Acetabular System was designed to provide patients with a replacement joint for the ball of the hip on which the entire structure sits and turns. The ASR Hip Resurfacing System was designed to help patients alleviate the pelvic problems that are often a part of hip degeneration.


Overall, these products sold extremely well. Estimates indicate that as many as 93,000 of these units were sold and implanted into patients, and that's how they are used. Doctors will perform a hip replacement surgery and attach these products to the internal structure of the body so that they can begin to serve the same functions as a natural hip. It was expected that these parts would last for at least 15 years once they were implanted so that patients did not have to face any additional hip problems for the foreseeable future.


Problems With Defective DePuy Hip Replacement and Resurfacing Parts


Unfortunately for many people, it wasn't long before serious problems with these defective DePuy hip replacement parts began to arise. Experts estimated that as many as 400 people reported severe pain, discomfort and other problems that were eerily similar to the original problems associated with their degenerative hips that were replaced, and many of these problems arose within five years of the hip replacement surgery, or well before any issues were expected to boil to the surface.


Specifically, there were problems associated with the joint of one of the DePuy products itself, as it showed a tendency to release metal particles into the body as a result of ongoing friction on the artificial joint. In addition, other patients reported that bones around the hip replacement joint had fractured, while others reported a dislocation problem where the part would literally come apart and push the patient's body out of alignment.


Ultimately, those patients who suffered from these problems associated with defective DePuy hip replacement parts had to have additional corrective surgery to relieve their pain and their suffering. Many of these second surgeries came within a few years of the original implantation, and those who had to endure these steps faced an extended recovery period.


Recall of Defective DePuy Hip Resurfacing and Replacement Implants


When the number of reports of injuries suffered due to defective DePuy hip replacement parts soared past 400, the company felt compelled to take action. Ultimately, DePuy announced a full recall of both the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. All unused units of these products were to be returned and never implanted into patients.


While this certainly saved many people from a high degree of pain and suffering, it did nothing for the more than 92,000 people who were still depending on these products and who may be using defective replacement hip joints. The fear is that many more of these patients will encounter serious problems and need additional surgery to correct them.


DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit and Recall Lawyers Can Help


For those who have suffered from these defective products or for those who will suffer as more defective units are discovered, there is help available. Taking on a massive corporation in a legal setting is a challenge that should only be undertaken by professionals who are experienced in this regard. Therefore, if you or someone you love has suffered as a result of trusting these defective DePuy hip replacement parts, contact Privett Law immediately to schedule a free initial consultation.