Defective Hip Implants
Hip replacements are often performed on patients whose hip joints are damaged, fractured, or causing severe pain. However, the friction from artificial joints rubbing together in metal hip replacements can cause tiny metal particles to break off and enter a patient’s bloodstream—which can lead to serious health complications.
We Handle Many Defective Hip Implant Cases
At Robert J. DeBry & Associates, our Utah defective medical device lawyers have seen the damage these defective hip implants can cause. We’re here to help if you’ve suffered side effects from any of the following hip implants:
- Wright Medical PROFEMUR® Total Hip System
The Wright Medical PROFEMUR hip implant was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the 510(k) approval process, which often allows products to reach the market without undergoing proper testing. Although the PROFEMUR hip implant hasn’t been recalled, its failure rate is high (11.2 percent) and similar to hip implants that have been recalled.
- DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System and ASR™ XL Acetabular System
Both of these hip implants were recalled by the FDA after studies showed that one in eight patients required revision surgery within five years of receiving the implants. The ASR XL has been on the market since 2004, while the ASR Hip Resurfacing System has been used since 2010.
- Stryker® Rejuvenate Modular Hip System and ABG-II Modular-Neck Hip Stem
Stryker Orthopaedics recalled these devices after finding that wear and tear can occur in a metal-on-metal joint within the implant. Dangerous conditions such as metallosis—or a build-up of dangerous particles in the bloodstream—can require hospitalization and revision surgeries to correct.
- Zimmer Durom® Cup
In May 2011, the FDA sent letters to Zimmer requesting details of the level of cobalt and chromium in patients who received the Durom Cup hip implant. This implant also has been linked to high failure rates and metal particles causing health complications.
- Biomet® M2a-Magnum™ Hip Implant System
Since 2009, the number of adverse events associated with this hip implant has increased by 800 percent. Side effects from the device include acetabular cup loosening, metallosis, chronic pain, bone loss, pseudotumors, metal poisoning, and more.
If you were hurt by a hip implant, the Utah defective medical lawyers at Robert J. DeBry want to hear from you. Call us at (801) 699-9999 or fill out a free initial consultation form.