March 3, 2011

DePuy Hip Replacement Recall

DePuy, a manufacturer of hip replacement units and a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson healthcare company, announced a recall of its DePuy ASR hip replacement units in August 2010. The hips were recalled over fears the units have a significantly higher failure rate than similar units produced by other manufacturers.

Figures released by the British Orthopaedic Association show around 21% of the recalled DePuy ASR hips fail after only two years and nearly 50% fail after five. This compares to failure rates of just 2.1% after two years and 2.9% after five for competing hip replacement implants.  

The effects of a failed DePuy hip:

Patients whose hips have failed have been reported to suffer from:

  • Recurring pain
  • Swelling
  • Lose of feeling in the hip area

In some cases these hips can even cause blood poising where the metal-on-metal design of the implant causes the release of tiny fragments of Cobalt and Chromium into a patient’s blood stream. This can lead patients to suffer symptoms such as headaches and/or nausea which they may not associate with a problem with their hip replacement.

Can you make a claim for compensation?

If you have suffered, or are suffering, any of the above symptoms or have already undergone surgery to replace your DePuy hip replacement unit, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Holmes & Hills Solicitors are acing for a number of individuals across the UK making claims for compensation against DePuy in relation to their recalled hips.

If you would like more information about DePuy, their range of hips or making a claim for compensation, please call our personal injury and clinical negligence specialist on 01376 529299.

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