Recalled hip replacement devices are in the news quite often and for patients who have undergone hip replacement this can be frightening, especially if they are unsure if the replacement they received is part of a recall. There are currently only four devices that have been recalled according to the FDA, with differing reasons for each device that has been recalled in Louisiana and other states. But many devices (and companies) are facing thousands of lawsuits for allegedly defective hip implants that have not been recalled as well.
Recalled Hip Replacements
In July 2008, Zimmer recalled their Durom Acetabular Component, which is known as the “Durom Cup” due to inadequate surgical technique and usage instructions. Two years later, In August 2010, DePuy recalled their ASR XL Acetabular System due to a report from the United Kingdom that indicated a revision rate of 13 percent. That recall was followed by one in June 2012 from Smith & Nephew whose R3 Metal Liners of the R3 Acetabular System due to higher than expected revision surgery incidents. That same month, Stryker recalled their Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement devices due to fretting and corrosion that could lead to tissue damage. All of the recalls were voluntary by the manufacturer and were not ordered by the FDA.
However, there have been reports to the agency regarding adverse effects in patients from other hip replacement devices, including:
- Biomet M2a, Mallory-Head and Taperloc
- Centerpulse Orthadapt and Inter-Op
- Corin Cormet 2000
- Encore Orthopedics Foundation, Linear and Revelation
- Exactech Opteon
- Wright Medical Technology Conserve Plus, Profemur Z Hip Stem, Perfecta, Dynasty and Metal Trascend
The FDA says that metal-on-metal hip implants carry unique risks from other types of implants. The metal ball and cup inside the implant can slide against each other, causing metal fragments to release. In addition, wear and corrosion may occur where the ball and stem connect. There have been cases where the metal fragments, which are often made of chromium or cobalt, have entered the bloodstream and travelled to other organs. Many patients in Louisiana and other states have suffered severe injury due to complications of the recalled hip replacement devices.
In addition to the issue of released metal fragments, the recalled hip replacement devices also have a higher rate of failure than other types of implants. This has caused patients in Louisiana and other states to require revision surgery, which is more complicated and painful to patients. During the initial hip replacement, bone is removed in order to implant the device, making it more difficult for surgeons and the patient when the implant fails.
Doctors normally inform patients what type and brand of hip replacement device they will be using. Patients who are not sure what type of device their doctor used should contact their surgeon as soon as possible. The doctor will more than likely have information regarding recalled hip replacement devices as well. Patients who are suffering from pain, swelling, infection or are having difficulty walking should contact their doctor immediately as they may have a recalled hip replacement device.
Have You Suffered Injury After Receiving a Hip Implant?
If you learn that you have a recalled hip replacement device, or if a loved one is suffering from complications after a hip implant, contact Attorney Group for Louisiana to learn if a personal injury claim is right for you. We can help answer your questions regarding your particular situation, and connect you with an affiliated attorney if you decide to pursue a claim. Contact us today to learn more in a free consultation.