DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Blog


Most Common Hip Diseases Leading to Hip Replacement

BMJ LogoHip disease can effect a variety of people from all age groups, media reports say, quoting medical research. A distressed hip joint may cause degeneration of the bone and cartilage, which leads top pain and restrictions in movement, a Reuters report says. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, congenital dysplasia, and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease are some of the most common hip diseases that may lead to a hip replacement surgery. On a similar note, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published an article regarding the poor pre-market testing of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices before being used by patients. The DePuy submitted a response to the BMJ metal-on-metal hip article. The need for total hip replacement surgery is prompted either by severe injury to the hip joint.

Osteoarthritis, one of the most common forms of arthritis in the United States affecting millions of people, causes disintegration of the cartilage that surrounds joints, causing stiffness and pain. Roughly half of all total hip replacement surgeries done every year are from osteoarthritis bone degeneration. Eventually, the loss of the cartilage leads to direct bone contact causing chips and loss of bone material. There are many reasons for osteoarthritis, age being among the top causes.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means that the immune system attacks healthy joint tissue for an unknown reason.

Avascular necrosis (AVN), also known as osteonecrosis, is a disease entity which commonly involves the hip joint. The end result of this disease can lead to collapse and complete deterioration of the head of the femur, commonly referred to as the ball of the hip joint.

Congenital dysplasia of the hip joint is a condition that results in the deformation, and possible chronic dislocation of the hip joint. The hip joint becomes deformed, leading to an unstable joint. Congenital dysplasia starts at birth, but is an ongoing process, most detectable in adults.

Rather similar to avascular necrosis, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease results in the cut of the blood flow to the bone. This causes deformity and degeneration in the tip of the femur.

A slipped capital femoral epiphysis takes place when the tip of the hip falls off the growth plate causing it to not fit in the hip socket correctly. In cases of slipped epiphsys, the patient usually requires replacement of the hip joint, correcting the deformities.

Over the years hip replacement has made major advances. Patients who used to experience hip disease or injury in the past were forced to live with the pain and discomfort. Total hip replacement surgery, as well as many other surgical and non-surgical alternatives, are able to restore function and mobility to hip joints, enhancing the quality of life for patients. However, doctors and patients should be informed that defective hip devices exist, like the recalled DePuy hip replacement products.




Clients Express Disappointment Over DePuy’s Compensation Program

On December 27, 2011, disappointments over DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. compensatory settlement process through Broadspire Services was featured in the New York Times. Broadspire is assigned in handling reimbursement claims of the affected patients.

In the case of Paula Laverty, she was informed by her hospital that is she did not settle the bill of &41,578, they will sell the balance to a debt collection company. She then found out that DePuy merely paid the hospital $18,000. This story depicts another flaw in DePuy Broadspires Services.

“Things have not gone smoothly,” is the New York Times description of DePuy’s recall claims compensation process.

Design problems with metal-on-metal hip implants may have caused the metal components of the DePuy device to rub against each other and shed microscopic metal particles into the body. Complications from defective DePuy hip replacement implants include :

• Unexplained hip pain
• Hip dislocation
• Swelling
• Complete hip failure
• Metallosis (metal toxicity or blood poisoning)
• Pseudotumors
• Additional hip replacement or revision surgery
• Loosening of hip device
• Bone loss
• Inflammatory reactions
• Presence of chromium and cobalt in the blood that may lead to cancer
• Detachment of the hip device from the bone
• Tissue damages
• Genotoxicity (genetic damage)
• Bone fractures

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have taken notice of about 400 negative feedbacks from DePuy clients between 2008 and the time of its recall announcement. Many of these clients need a second hip replacement surgery. Presently, numerous clients have pursued legal complaints against DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. and its mother company, Johnson & Johnson.

DePuy Orthoapedics Inc. and Johnson & Johnson needs to disseminate more information about defective hip replacement symptoms so that the patients would be given immediate medical attention.

“Most major medical centers have seen issues with this device,” explains Dr. Joshua J. Jacobs in a newspaper interview. He is the chairman of orthopedic surgery at Rush Univeristy Medical Center in Chicago.

These complaints and DePuy lawsuit assert that the company postponed the execution of the hip replacement recall even if it knew the risks of using the implants. If you experience any doubts and queries about your hip replacement surgery, consult your physician as soon as possible. Moreover, you should seek legal advice to find out if you qualify for medical compensation.