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Defective Hip Replacement Systems

November 9, 2012

Have you or someone you know suffered negative side effects or complications after a hip replacement procedure?

Several hip replacement systems have been recalled because the metal-on-metal devices can generate heat, friction and wear resulting in debris and, ultimately, metal toxicity and failure.

Products recalled and in question include:

  • Depuy ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System
  • Depuy Pinnacle
  • Wright Conserve Total Hip System, Profemur Total Hip System and Profemur Z
  • Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular neck stems
  • Biomet M2a Magnum

Common Symptoms and Difficulties

There are many signs and symptoms associated with defective hip replacement systems. If you have received a hip replacement and are experiencing symptoms such as difficulty standing or walking, crunching or popping noises, hip fractures or dislocation, tissue inflammation, infection, necrosis or severe pain, your device may be in question.

Metalosis is a common problem caused by metallic particles being released into surrounding tissue and into the bloodstream. The excessive heat and friction between the metal cup and the metal ball creates these metallic particles. The friction results in ions of chromium and cobalt being released into the body. As a result, patients are experiencing Aseptic Lymphocytic Vasculitis Associated Lesions (“ALVAL”) from heavy metal toxicity.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. What Should I Do if I Received a Defective Hip Replacement?

A. Always consult your doctor or physician regarding health-related issues, but if you or someone you care about received defective joint replacement components, we would like to speak with you right away. DO NOT SIGN A RELEASE FROM THE SURGEON OR MANUFACTURER. It is imperative that you do NOT sign the release sent to you by your physician on behalf of the manufacturer. These releases will allow the company complete access to your medical records and allow them to obtain possession of the defective implant in the event it is removed.

Q. What do I need to be doing?

A. First and foremost, continue your treatment regimen. Additionally, consider keeping a journal. We have found this to be extremely helpful in representing clients and it assists us in personalizing your claims when we have to present them for settlement or trial. Patients should be aware of the health risks, which include pain, premature loosening or detachment, and metal toxicity. You may have a claim against the manufacturer. The law firm of Silver & Archibald has lawyers with extensive experience representing clients who have suffered after misplacing their trust in negligent companies that produce harmful products.

If you or someone you know have a hip replacement system made by the companies listed above and have suffered pain or any other issues:

  • See your doctor immediately.
  • Do not release any of your confidential medical information to any company representatives before speaking to experienced hip replacement lawyers.
  • If you are told that you will need hip revisions surgery, make sure that the removed component parts are preserved. Your counsel should be familiar with this process and working with the proper experts to insure that it is done correctly.

At Silver & Archibald, we are advocates for your health. We are currently helping men and women seek recovery for injuries they have suffered from these defective products.  If you or someone you love has suffered from side effects or complications from a faulty hip replacement, contact us for a free and confidential evaluation. Our legal team can help you navigate this often confusing landscape and give you with the representation and support you deserve.

Call Josh Branch at 706-548-8122 today.