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What are some of the different hip implants that are currently under scrutiny and subject of pharmaceutical class action lawsuits?

Modern medicine is simply amazing. The ability to implant products inside of our bodies to substitute for broken down body parts is great. It is great as long as the company providing the implanted device has taken all appropriate steps to ensure the object is safe for long-term use.

We’re sad to say that some hip implants have become notorious for failing that long-term reliability test.

Hip implants have come to be routinely used for people whose natural hip joints have been ravaged by time, injury, or disease. Unfortunately, a number of hip implants have been shown to cause problems for those who use them. A hip implant that is defective can cause a great deal of pain, sickness, and complications.

Hip implants that are currently causing problems include:

  • Depuy hip implant. Two Depuy hip implants have been recalled, the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System. The implants have caused patients to suffer from pain and other symptoms that required a surgery to fix the implant. It also caused metal poisoning due to the metal-on-metal design.
  • Stryker hip implant. The Stryker hip implant is being subject to scrutiny due to two metal hip components that could fret or corrode. This can cause the patient to experience pain, swelling, and inflammation in the tissue surrounding the implant. Stryker implants have also been linked to metal poising that can lead to heart, nervous system, and thyroid problems.
  • Biomet hip implant. Like other metal-on-metal designs, the Biomet implant has been linked to metal toxicity. It has also been known to cause problems due to implant failure. The bone and tissue surrounding the implant can also suffer.

Defective implants almost always require additional surgery to remove and replace the bad device. This surgery is risky and often leaves the patient with some amount of permanent disability.

If you have been the victim of a pharmaceutical or medical device defect, you may be entitled to compensation. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham