Hip replacement surgery removes damaged or diseased parts of a hip joint and replaces them with new, man-made parts. With a larger aging and active population, more people are having this surgical procedure to relieve pain, help the hip joint work better and improve walking. The most common reason for hip replacement is to relieve severe arthritis in the hip joint that limits your activities. Most hip replacement surgeries have excellent outcomes; however, there has been an issue with particular hip systems, the DePuy ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System. DePuy Orthopaedics is a leading developer and manufacturer of hip replacement devices.
In 2005, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the DePuy products for use in hip replacement. This occurred through a regulatory pathway that did not require clinical trials. According to the FDA, between 2006 and 2009, there were reports of at least 300 problems with the DePuy hip implant device. The devices began to fail in patients just a few years after hip replacement surgery, and the majority of patients had to have replacement surgery. In March 2010, DePuy informed doctors that their devices had a higher-than-expected failure rate, and they have since phased out the products. Several orthopedic specialists said that they believed that the design of the ASR cup was the cause of the problems. According to DePuy, the problem involves surgeries after July of 2003, and therefore, the recall does not affect patients who had a hip replacement procedure before then.
The consequences of this device failure may not be apparent until a few years after surgery. Patients who received DePuy hip implants should get legal and medical advice immediately even if they are not experiencing symptoms of hip replacement failure. One serious problem with the DePuy products is a risk of toxic exposure from metal debris created by friction in the hip implant, and this may not show up for long periods of time.
If you or someone you know has had a hip replacement procedure, there may be risk of implant failure. It is important to have your situation reviewed by a Louisville, KY DePuy hip implant recall lawyer who understands medical product liability. Patients must file DePuy hip recall lawsuits before the legal deadline has passed or they may lose the right to do so.
All states allow for a fixed time period to bring a suit, but in the case of medical product defects, some have adopted a discovery rule, in which case the time limit begins upon awareness of problem. If you have had an ASR hip replacement, you may be entitled to financial compensation due to injuries you have suffered, or will suffer. A Louisville defective product attorney who has experience in medical product liability can help you sort through the necessary steps if you or a loved one suffers harm caused by a defective device. Contact Thomas Law Offices today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.