DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. has recalled its DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems and its ASR XL Acetablar Hip System, as well as its Pinnacle Hip Implant due to evidence that the products are defective. Claims of these defects have been coming out for years, but not before injuries were seen.
In addition to the DePuy recalls is the Zimmer Next Gen Knee Implant, which has resulted in patients having to have knee revision surgery due to the NexGen loosening and causing a great deal of pain. If you have been injured by any of these products, Terry, Slane, and Ruohonen can help you in holding the manufacturers responsible for the pain and suffering that has been caused to you by these defective products
DePuy ASR Hip Implant
The DePuy ASR Acetabular System is used for total hip replacement. The ASR Hip Resurfacing System is used in a newer procedure that is designed to preserve bone. The ASR Acetabular System has been approved by the FDA, but the hip resurfacing system has not been. Overall, about 93,000 of these devices have been implanted in patients all around the world.
The voluntary recall is the result of a British Joint Replacement Registry that showed approximately 12 percent of those who had received the implants needed to have revision surgeries, or corrective procedures, within five years of receiving the implants. This means that the failure rate is two times the industry average. Doctors have stated that the reason for this failure rate is a faulty design and this faulty design was not discovered until the devices had already been implanted.
DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant
The DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant has yet to be recalled, but it could be next. Both patients and doctors have reported similar issues with the Pinnacle Hip Implant that are similar to that of the ASR Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System when the implant is used with a metal liner. The FDA has never approved the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant to be used with a metal liner. When used with this liner, approximately 1,300 complaints have been logged regarding corrective surgery to remove and replace the implant because it had become loose. Just because DePuy has yet to issue a recall does not mean that the product is not defective. The FDA may eventually issue a recall, but the FDA is not always quick to do so.
Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant
The Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant is a piece that is not made of the standard cement and it attaches to the bottom of the thigh bone. Unfortunately, this product is showing a high failure rate. The blame has been placed upon the design, while Zimmer has blamed the surgeons, stating the failure is due to surgical errors or the type of patient receiving the implant.
Patients have experienced:
- Implant failure
- Knee pain and other knee complications
- Loosening of the implant
Each issue results in corrective surgery that can be expensive and very painful.
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If you have one of these implants and you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or you have already had to have revision surgery, call TSR Injury Law at 612-TSR-TIME.