You got a hip replacement so you could lead an active and pain-free life again. Now that hip replacement is causing you more problems than ever. You have trouble walking, you’re constantly in pain and your orthopedic surgeon says your hip replacement has failed and you may need surgery to replace it.
Details on Different Brands of Hip Replacements:
DePuy Hip Replacement Recall
Unfortunately your experience is far too common for people who received a hip replacement manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics. DePuy Orthopaedics manufactured “metal on metal” hip replacement implants called the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. DePuy recalled these hip replacements in August 2010 as complaints began to mount and research showed that the hip implants were failing at an unusually high rate.
Many patients who received these hip replacements experience loosening or misalignment of the hip implant, hip fractures and other complications including difficulty walking, severe pain and hip dislocation. Patients with complications from the DePuy hip implants have already had or will need surgery to repair and replace the defective hip replacements.
DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits
Our Atlanta, Georgia lawyers represent people throughout Georgia and the entire United States who have been injured by defective and failed DePuy hip replacements in hip replacement lawsuits against the manufacturer. If you have had surgery to replace a defective or failed DePuy hip implant or are experiencing complications such as severe pain and trouble walking, you may have a legal claim for personal injury against DePuy Orthopaedics. You may be entitled to recover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering as well as any permanent disability. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Stryker has recalled its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II hip replacements because they may corrode and release metal debris into the tissue surrounding the hip replacement, causing pain, swelling, metallosis and early failure of the hip replacement. Data has also shown that some Stryker hip replacements with a LFit V40 femoral head have a higher than expected failure rate and may be recalled in the near future. These LFit V40 femoral heads were used with Accolade TMZF, Accolade 2, Meridian and Citation hip replacements.
Our Atlanta, Georgia lawyers represent people who have been injured by the recalled Stryker hip replacements in lawsuits against their manufacturer. Contact us for a free consultation about your case.
Stryker Hip Replacement Recall
In June 2012, Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II hip replacements because the design of the metal-on-metal hip replacement can cause tiny pieces of metal debris to infiltrate the tissue surrounding the hip replacement.
The Stryker hip replacements involve a metal femoral stem and a metal femoral neck. The femoral stem is the part of the hip replacement that is inserted into your femur. The femoral neck connects the femoral stem to the hip replacement’s “ball and cup.” When a hip replacement patient moves or walks, the friction generated by the metal neck and metal stem rubbing together releases metal ions and debris into the surrounding tissue.
Stryker recommends that all patients who received a Modular or ABG II hip replacement see their surgeon and that their doctor should consider an examination including blood testing to make sure the patient does not have high levels of metal in their bloodstream even if the patient does not have any symptoms. Stryker also recommends follow-up appointments and testing even if the initial follow-up appointment is normal.
Symptoms Caused by Recalled Stryker Hip Replacements
The metal debris released into the surrounding tissue can cause:
- loosening and dislocation of the hip replacement;
- tissue death;
- bone death;
- high levels of chromium, cobalt and titanium in the patient’s bloodstream;
- metallosis, where metal debris builds up in the soft tissues of the body;
- early failure of the hip replacement, requiring surgery to repair and replace it.
Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuits Mount
Multiple lawsuits against Stryker were recently consolidated into multi-district litigation in federal court in Minnesota and in state court in New Jersey. As of June 2013, there are over 300 hip replacement lawsuits filed against Stryker. More than 20,000 Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II hip replacements were sold before their recall so the number of lawsuits is expected to increase significantly.
Free Consultation For Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuits
If you or a loved one has suffered complications or side effects from a Stryker hip replacement, call our attorneys for a free consultation about your legal rights. We represent people throughout Georgia and the United States.
The Wright Total Hip System Implant is a metal on metal hip replacement that has a high rate of early failure, revision surgery, side effects and complications. Our Atlanta, Georgia lawyers represent people who were injured by Wright hip replacements in lawsuits against their manufacturer.
High Early Failure Rate for Wright Hip Replacements
A 2009 study from the Australian Orthopaedic Association showed that over 11% of Wright PROFEMUR hip replacements failed within three years, requiring the patient to have surgery to remove and replace the hip replacement. This is far higher than the failure rate for traditional hip replacements, which often last 15-20 years before they need to be replaced.
Wright Hip Replacement Complications
People who have received the Wright CONSERVE and PROFEMUR hip replacements have reported unusually high rates of side effects that include:
- Trouble standing or walking;
- Crunching and popping noises;
- Hip fractures and dislocations;
- Swelling and inflammation of your hip and surrounding area;
- Early failure, requiring replacement surgery; and
Wright Hip Replacements May Cause Metallosis
Metallosis is the build up of metal debris and particles in the tissues of your body. The design of the metal on metal Wright hip replacements causes excessive friction between the metal cup and metal ball. This releases metal particles and debris into the surrounding tissues, eventually leading to metallosis and high levels of cobalt and chromium in the bloodstream. Metallosis can cause swelling, pain, infection, necrosis and death of the tissue surrounding the hip replacement. This can typically only be resolved by having surgery to remove and replace the metal on metal hip.
Free Consultation for Wright Hip Replacement Lawsuits
If you or a loved one is suffering complications from the Wright metal on metal hip replacements or have had surgery to replace a failed Wright hip replacement, contact us for a free consultation about your legal rights. Our attorneys are based in Atlanta, Georgia and represent people injured by Wright hip replacements in Georgia and throughout the country. We work on a contingency basis, meaning that we do not charge you a fee unless we are able to settle your case or win at trial.