If you had hip replacement surgery and are suffering from hip pain, joint pain or having difficulty walking, then you should check to see if the recalled DePuy product was used. Unfortunately, individuals in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia who underwent hip replacement surgery and received a DePuy Orthopaedics hip may very well need a revision surgery.
This is because DePuy has recently issued a recall for its ASR XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The DePuy recall was announced in late August 2010. These products have been used by Maryland/Virginia orthopaedic Surgeons doing hip replacement procedures because they were believed to be stronger than other products on the market. Unlike other hip replacement products, these are a metal on metal system, and there is concern that tiny pieces of metal can break off into the human body. The metal contains chromium and other metallics that can cause non-cancerous tumors.
Bottom line is that if you have had hip replacement surgery and one of the recalled systems was used, you very well may need a revision surgery. There is a 12-13% 5 year revision surgery rate for those who have the recalled products. About 93,000 of the recalled DePuy Hip Replacement Systems have been surgically implanted. The personal injury lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan can answer your questions about your hip replacement surgery and help you determine whether you have a valid legal claim.
DePuy Orthopaedics is a division of Johnson & Johnson. J&J has had numerous product recalls in the last year or so, and this is troubling. It should also be noted that the FDA issued a Warning Letter to DePuy President on August 19, 2010 indicating that they were illegally marketing certain hip replacement products including the Corail Hip System and the TruMatch Personalized Solutions System-basically marketing the products without the required pre-market approval. Hip replacement surgery is often used for those with serious osteoarthritis, traumatic arthritis, congenital hip dysplasia, avascular necrosis of the hip femoral head, acute traumatic hip fractures, hailed prior hip surgeries, and certain types of ankylosis.