Apex Arc Hip System Comes Under Scrutiny
In August 2010, DePuy Orthpaedics, a division of the Johnson & Johnson Corporation, recalled two of their hip replacement systems. Many implant patients experienced early failure and other problems with The DePuy ASR hip resurfacing system and the DePuy ASR XL acetabular system. A spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson said that at least 93,000 DePuy metal-on-metal hip implants were included in the recall. Is a similar situation now happening with the Apex ARC hip system? It looks like that may be the case. In June 2014, a Florida woman filed a lawsuit alleging harm has been filed against OmniLife Science, the maker of the Apex ARC system. If you have an Apex ARC hip system prosthetic and have suffered injury or had to undergo revision surgery, you may consider contacting Attorney Group for California to learn more.
OmniLife Science, the private company that makes the Apex ARC hip system, touts the Apex ARC as different from the recalled DePuy systems, despite the fact that they appear quite similar. Early indications show that many patients who received an Apex ARC hip system have been diagnosed with metallosis, development of pseudotumor, and other troubling conditions. Metallosis is a medical condition wherein metal debris builds up in the soft tissue. Metal-on-metal hip implants such as the DePuy ASR XL acetabular system may be major contributors to metallosis. The condition can lead to an overabundance of cobalt, titanium, chromium, and other metals in the body. If this happens and the hip prosthesis is not removed, metallosis can lead directly to an even more bone-threatening condition called osteolysis.
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A hip replacement should last, on average, around fifteen years. According to thousands of lawsuits across the country, some DePuy and Stryker metal-on-metal hip implants have been known to fail in fewer than three. If you or anyone you know was harmed by a hip replacement or other surgical implant, consider speaking with an attorney today.
If you or a loved one has been injured after receiving an Apex Arc hip system or any other hip implant, contact Attorney Group for California. We are here to help answer your questions, help you determine if you have a case, and connect you with an affiliated attorney. Contact us today for a free consultation.