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Revision Hip Surgery

Written by Andrew Sarski on May 17, 2011
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The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System are two hip implant devices which were developed in July 2003 by DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson. In 2010, both devices were recalled because of a higher than normal failure rate, which was reported to be twice the industry average. A number of severe side effects were believed to result from the implantation of these devices, including an aseptic lymphocyte dominated vasculitis associated lesion, the need for a revision surgery, and the need for physical therapy. Unfortunately, during the time these devices remained on the market, approximately 93,000 people received the DePuy implants. Anyone who received a DePuy hip implant after July 2003 may be at risk of suffering from severe adverse side effects of the device, including the need for a complicated and painful revision surgery.

Revision Hip Surgery Described

Hip revision surgery is typically required when a defective product has been implanted and must be removed. An orthopedic surgeon will then remove the implanted artificial hip joint and replace it with a new artificial joint. Some revision surgeries may involve an “autograft” bone graft in which the bone is taken from another site in the patient’s body, or an “allograft” bone graft, which means the bone is acquired from a donor. Signs that a patient may require a revision surgery include:

  • Extreme pain
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Death to surrounding tissue and bone
  • Loosening of the implant
  • Partial or complete lack of mobility
  • Dislocation of the implant
  • Fractured bone around the implant

Revision surgery is generally intended to remove a damaged or defective prosthesis, relieve pain in the affected area and restore the patient’s mobility.

Complications Involved in DePuy Hip Revision Surgery

Although a revision surgery may appear to be a relatively simple process, it is usually significantly more complicated and expensive than a primary joint replacement because there is less bone for the surgeon to work with and more scar tissue to work around. In order for patients to receive the DePuy total hip replacement, the femoral head must be cut off for it to successfully accept the stem portion of the device. The DePuy hip resurfacing implant allows a larger portion of bone to be preserved, but a significant amount of bone is still removed from the patient’s body, making a revision surgery extremely difficult to perform.

Contact a DePuy Hip Replacement Attorney For Help

According to research, about 250,000 people in the United States receive a hip implant each year, approximately one-third of whom receive metal-on-metal implants like those manufactured by DePuy. Of those individuals who receive a DePuy hip implant, about 12-13%, or one in eight, will require revision surgery. Besides the complications involved in actually performing the surgery, there are a number of risk factors which must also be considered by patients requiring a revision surgery. Hip revision surgery typically results in further debilitation, a prolonged hospital stay, a longer recovery, and an increased risk of medical complications and death. Despite the possible benefits of receiving a revision surgery, some orthopedic doctors will advise patients against the procedure because of the significant complications and cost potentially involved. If you have received a painful and costly revision surgery because of a defective implant, the only way to protect your rights and stand up to the negligent product manufacturing company is to contact a defective product attorney to represent your case.

Victims of serious injury resulting from a defective product are not at fault and may be entitled to reimbursement for their injuries. Product manufacturing companies should be held accountable for the dangerous side effects associated with their products and any injuries sustained by consumers of their products. Defective product lawyers have the experience and knowledge necessary to help victims of DePuy hip implant injuries develop a successful case and collect the compensation they deserve.

Posted Under: DePuy Hip, Medical Products
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