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A hip implant is supposed to relieve arthritis pain, increase mobility, and improve quality of life. Unfortunately, hip implants don’t always work as advertised. A number of hip implants have been recalled because of serious—and sometimes life-threatening—side effects. Complications linked to artificial hips include early hip implant failure, chronic pain, nerve damage, bone loss, joint dislocation, deep vein thrombosis, and metal toxicity.

Hip Implants on the Recall List

  • DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System
  • DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System
  • Stryker Rejuvenate
  • Stryker ABG II modular-neck hip stems
  • Zimmer Durom Acetabular Component
  • Smith & Nephew modular R3 Acetabular System
  • Biomet M2a
  • Wright Medical Technology Conserve Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System
  • Wright Medical Technology Profemur Z Hip Stem

 

The latest hip implant to be recalled is DePuy’s LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary component for artificial hips. The recall was originally announced on July 11, 2013 and then elevated to a Class I recall on August 1, 2013. Class I recalls are reserved for cases where a medical device may cause serious injury, permanent disability, or death.

The LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary component was recalled because it may fracture without warning during normal use, causing hip failure. While all patients using the LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary component risk hip failure, the risk is greatest for patients who weigh more than 200 pounds or are very active.

LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary fracture may cause:

  • Severe hip pain
  • Immediate loss of hip function
  • Nerve damage
  • Muscle damage
  • Tendon damage

 

Patients who experience a fracture of the LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary component will require hip revision surgery. If the fractured component caused severe damage to the body, amputation of the affected leg may be necessary.

You may be wondering if you should have your DePuy artificial hip removed. Hip revision surgery is a high-risk medical procedure. Doctors advise patients to leave the hip in unless there are complications. In the meantime, the hip is a ticking time bomb that could fail at any time.

A hip implant is supposed to improve your life. If you experience early hip implant failure, you have the right to demand accountability. Call Hupy and Abraham to learn about class action lawsuits against DePuy and Stryker. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call 800-800-5678 to learn if you qualify.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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