He has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, on behalf of an elderly woman who was implanted with a recalled DePuy hip replacement system.
“For many seniors, what should have been newfound mobility has instead become less mobility because their hip replacements systems are defective,” says Attorneys .
DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson and Johnson, announced a worldwide recall of its ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System after reports indicated the systems were failing at a higher than expected rate. According to a study published by the National Joint Registry of England and Wales, 1 out of every 8 patients (12%-13%) who had been implanted with a recalled device had to undergo revision surgery within five years.
The recalled ASR hip systems may loosen or dislocate after implantation, resulting in pain, fracture, swelling and less mobility in the patient. The ASR hip system utilizes a ball and socket component that moves against one another. Over time, the metal on metal contact may create metal debris, which could result in damage to the bone, soft tissue and nerves.
“It is troubling to think that over 90,000 people may have been implanted with defective, perhaps dangerous hip replacement systems. It raises the question whether these devices were properly vetted before they were put on the market. Further, did DePuy work fast enough to recall these products after knowing that they were resulting in revision surgeries, complications and pain?” questioned Attorney.