Have You Been the Victim of a Bad Hip Replacement?
Our mission is to provide our visitors with the information necessary to evaluate whether or not they or their loved one have been injured by the marketing of hip replacement devices that have failed to achieve the basic safety levels Americans expect in their medical products and drugs. Included on this site you will find information about the history of hip replacement devices and, more importantly, specific descriptions of the products that are causing the most complications for hip replacement patients. Finally it is our primary goal to offer our visitors the opportunity to talk with experts in the field of hip replacement lawsuits who will provide our visitors with simple, accurate information on how to make a claim for any injuries they or their loved ones have sustained. Thank you for visiting Bad Hip Replacements.org.
Defective Hip Replacement Manufacturers and Devices
Manufacturers’ that are facing hip replacement lawsuits are a virtual who’s who in the field of medical devices. By far the most numerous bad hip replacement products were manufactured by DePuy and Stryker and include:
- DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System
- DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System
- Stryker Rejuvenate
- Stryker ABG II
Both DePuy and Stryker have recalled and/or withdrawn these products from the market. DePuy alone is facing more than 15,000 claims for damages and has already announced that it will pay billions of dollars to settle a portion of those claims. It appears clear that Stryker will also need to pay billions of dollars to settle lawsuits over their defective hip products. Why would these companies pay billions of dollars to their patients? The simple answer is that they both created and heavily marketed hip replacement devices containing metal components that were prone to premature failure. It is alleged that the products were placed on the market without adequate testing. Post market studies suggest that that in addition to product failure these metal on metal devices (Moms) cause a host of side effects that can and do seriously impact the health of the patients.
Other Bad Hip Implants
As with any medical product or drug there are always a significant number of other manufacturers who jump on the new product bandwagon in an effort to stay on what appears to be the cutting edge of product development. The list of other manufacturers and the names of their problematic hip replacement products include
- Zimmer Holdings Durum Cup
- Biomet M2a (MOM) Device
- Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System
- Wright Medical Conserve Plus
Symptoms of Hip Implant Failure
Symptoms that can occur as a result of a defective hip replacement can vary from patient to patient. Some of the more traditional symptoms include:
- Loss of mobility
- Product loosening
- Pain in the area surrounding the hip
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms it is imperative that you seek medical attention as quickly as possible. After the initial post-operative period has passed any significant swelling or pain in the area of the hip replacement is not normal and should be addressed immediately. This is particularly true for the metal-on-metal (Mom) devices that carry significant additional risks for the hip replacement patient.
Metal on Metal Complications
In addition to the standard complications that are possible in any type of hip replacement device the metal-on-metal (Mom) devices carry very significant additional risks that are unique to the these types of products precisely because of the material use in the construction of these devices. The two most common metals are cobalt and chromium, both of which have been shown to release microscopic ions of metal into the body as a result of friction between metal components. Complications from the shedding of these metal parts can produce poisoning known as metallosis, which can impact the body both locally at the site of the replacement and remotely to other important organs via the blood stream.
How We Can Help
In addition to the information provided on this site we are happy to assist our visitors in finding answers to questions that are unique to their particular circumstances. We recognize that although each patient’s circumstances contain similarities to others who have undergone a hip transplant, every situation contains special circumstances that simply cannot be adequately addressed by a web site alone. Accordingly we offer free services to help our visitors determine if they are suffering from a defective hip implant, assistance on how to identify what kind of hip replacement they have and, most importantly, step by step assistance in filing a claim when the facts suggest you or your loved one have a right to make a claim. We recognize the importance of the claim to our visitors and, perhaps even more than our visitors, we understand the urgency from both a health and a medical standpoint to correct the wrong that has been done. Please feel free to contact us immediately if you have any questions.
- Meier, B. “Maker Aware of 40% Failure in Hip Implant.” January 22, 2013. The New York Times. Retrieved by http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/23/business/jj-study-suggested-hip-device-could-fail-in-thousands-more.html?pagewanted=all
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “Stryker Initiates Voluntary Product Recall of Modular-Neck Stems Action Specific to Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Stems.” July 6, 2012. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm311043.htm?source=govdelivery