Written by Andrew Sarski on May 17, 2011
In most cases, before a new product can enter the market, the product manufacturing company is required to perform clinical trials in order to ensure the product’s safety and effectiveness. However, some manufacturing companies may be taking advantage of a loophole which may allow certain products to enter the market without being adequately tested. Some implants, for example, can be sold without being adequately tested as long as they resemble an implant already in use. This misleading practice allows potentially dangerous products, like implants, to be available to health professionals and patients without their knowledge of the adverse side effects which may be associated with the product. There are a number of complications which led to the recall of the DePuy hip implants, including the development of a condition called AVAL, the need for revision surgeries, and the need for prolonged physical therapy.
Hip Physical Therapy for DePuy Hip Surgery
Individuals who suffer from hip pain, particularly following a hip implant surgery or revision surgery, may be required to participate in hip physical therapy in order to alleviate their pain and improve range of motion. Hip physical therapists generally develop specific exercises for individuals recovering from hip surgery, with the goal of restoring muscle strength, improving mobility, and teaching patients how to stand, walk and sit without re-injuring the hip. Patients will also be informed of the necessary restrictions to correct muscle weakness and will learn how much pressure can be put on the hip without dislocating it. Hip physical therapy following an implant revision surgery is typically more intense, as revision surgeries are usually more invasive and caused prolonged pain during recovery.
Defective DePuy Implant and Hip Physical Therapy Connection
Although the DePuy hip implant recall wasn’t put into effect until 2010, the FDA had fielded approximately 400 complaints since 2008, from patients in the United States who had received one of these two implants. Many orthopedic doctors believe that the implant’s failure stems from a design flaw, which makes it difficult to implant properly. Regardless of the nature of the flaw, the DePuy hip implants appear to have a high failure rate compared to other hip replacement devices. It is estimated that 250,000 people receive hip implants in the United States each year. Approximately, one-third of those individuals receive metal-on-metal implants like the DePuy implants, and 12-13%, or one in eight, of DePuy implant recipients will require a revision surgery. For individuals performing hip physical therapy after a hip implant surgery, recovery can be a slow and difficult process.
Contact a DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Lawyer
The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System first became available in July 2003. If you received a hip implant after this date and you have since required hip physical therapy, the only way to protect your rights is to hire a defective product lawyer to represent your case. If you or a loved one has required prolonged or additional hip physical therapy because of a defective DePuy implant, you are not at fault and you may be entitled to reimbursement for your injuries. Product manufacturing companies are responsible for the dangerous side effects associated with their products and should be held accountable for any injuries sustained by consumers of their products. Qualified defective product lawyers are experienced by defective product litigation and can help victims of DePuy implant injuries collect the compensation they deserve.