The ASR and Pinnacle hip replacement systems made by DePuy Synthes (DePuy) were intended to be more durable than older implants, preserving more of the surrounding bones while improving patients’ mobility.
Despite some early successes, however, these systems have been linked to some serious, possibly deadly complications.
The dangerous medical device lawyers at the Amaro Law Firm are ready to explain your legal options and help you get on the path to recovery and justice if you or someone you love has suffered a serious complication related to a DePuy hip implant.
Known for providing quality representation, we can effectively advocate your rights while positioning your case for the best possible outcome.
DePuy hip implants have been linked to painful, severe injuries. Those injured by DePuy implants may have the right to seek compensation for their medical bills, pain, suffering, and more.
Background on DePuy ASR & Pinnacle Hip Replacement Systems
Worldwide, DePuy is one of the biggest manufacturers of hip implant components and systems. Among its more prominent hip replacement systems are the:
Pinnacle, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 20001
ASR Hip Resurfacing System, launched in 2003
ASR XL Acetabular System, launched in 2005.
These systems are all designed to have metal-on-metal (MoM) components, which are made of cobalt, chromium and/or alloys. This means that ball-and-socket components of these devices, which replicate the hip joint, are all made of metal.
In addition to the MoM design, some Pinnacle systems are comprised of ceramic-on-metal, ceramic-on-ceramic or ceramic-on-polyethylene components.
DePuy’s ASR and Pinnacle systems have been used to treat various types of hip injuries and damage, including those arising from hip fractures, bone tumors and severe rheumatoid arthritis.
More minor and common side effects associated with DePuy’s MoM hip implants include (and may not be limited to):
Hip inflammation and pain
Increased risk of infection
Different leg lengths.
DePuy ASR & Pinnacle Hip Implants: The Serious Problems & Complications
DePuy hip replacement systems have been reported to cause a number of serious complications, many of which arise from the metal components rubbing against each other. Some of these complications include:
Metallosis – This condition is essentially metal poisoning due to the accumulation of metal particles in the bloodstream. Life-threatening without treatment, metallosis is marked by symptoms like hearing and vision problems, heart problems, depression and cognitive impairment.
Devise loosening & hip dislocation – The fretting of the metal parts causes corrosion, which can create more space between the components. If this continues and loosens the components enough, patients face a high risk of hip dislocation.
Avascular necrosis – Also referred to as osteonecrosis, this bone death results from a lack of blood flow to the hip joint. While early stages of this condition may be asymptomatic, when symptoms do arise, they can include severe, chronic hip pain that increases with pressure.
Patients who develop serious DePuy hip implant complications typically have to undergo risky and invasive revision surgery to remove the device – and possible damaged bone and tissues surrounding it.
According to a 2014 study, DePuy ASR hip implant systems are associated with a 20 percent failure rate within 3 years of implantation.2
DePuy Hip Implant Recalls & FDA Actions
In August 2010, DePuy issued a voluntary recall for its ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems and its ASR XL Acetabular Systems.3 This recall reportedly impacted more than 93,000 devices, meaning that DePuy has recalled more hip implant systems than any other manufacturer (except for Stryker).4
Shortly after DePuy issued this recall, the FDA released a follow-up recall announcement, notifying the public that this was a Class II recall related to “device design” problems.5
To date, neither DePuy nor the FDA has issued a recall for Pinnacle hip replacement systems. However, in 2013, DePuy reportedly stopped manufacturing and distributing the MoM components used in Pinnacle hip replacement systems.
DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuits & Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)
DePuy has already paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to settle a number of ASR and Pinnacle hip implant cases. While DePuy still faces many pending claims in state courts across the nation, it is also facing a number of cases in an ongoing MDL based in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (MDL No. 2197).6
Those filing new ASR or Pinnacle hip implant claims against DePuy may join the ongoing MDL or proceed independently. The best choice for a given case will depend on the details of the claim, as well as a plaintiff’s needs and objectives.
The Amaro Law Firm is ready to review your potential DePuy hip implant claim, explain your legal options and help you seek the financial recovery and justice you may deserve.
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