Nearly half a million people received hip implants in 2011 alone, and that number is expected to rise over the next few years, which is why many people are concerned about recalled hip replacement devices. Although a doctor will inform a patient of the type and manufacturer of the device they will use, patients may forget or may not keep the documentation given to them regarding their devices. This has led many patients in New York and throughout the country to question whether their implant is one of the recalled hip replacements.
If you or a loved one received a hip replacement and suffered complications, contact Attorney Group for New York to learn more about your options. At no out-of-pocket cost to you, we can answer your questions. If you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file a lawsuit on your behalf and help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Devices Included In Hip Implant Recalls
According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, several manufacturers have issued voluntary hip implant recalls of certain devices or components. Some of the devices recalled include:
- DePuy ASR
- Biomet M2a
- Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular Metal Liner and Birmingham Hip Resurfacing systems
- Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-neck hip systems
- Wright Medical Technology Conserve Plus and Profemur Z Hip Stem
In addition to the recalled hip replacement systems, the following devices have caused adverse effects in patients in New York and other states, which could lead to future recalls:
- DePuy Pinnacle
- Wright Medical Technology Conserve Plus
- Zimmer Durom Cup
Patients with allegedly defective hip replacement systems claim that they have suffered from device failure soon after they were implanted. This required many patients to have revision surgery, which can be more complicated and painful than the initial procedure due to the removal of bone when the first implant was placed. In addition, the metal-on-metal surfaces of the implants rub together, causing metal fragments to be released into the hip joint. Some of these fragments are as large as two centimeters. If the fragments enter the bloodstream, they can cause damage to other organs or cause a type of metal poisoning known as metallosis.
Lawsuits filed in New York and other states claim that doctors were pressured by manufacturers to use the devices in younger, more active patients, as they were considered to be more durable. Many patients who have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers say that hip replacement recalls came much later than they should have to protect consumers.
Have Questions About Hip Implant Recalls?
If you or a loved one has suffered from complications of hip replacement surgery, even if you are not sure if the device is a recalled hip replacement, contact Attorney Group for New York for a free, no-obligation consultation regarding a possible personal injury claim.