Osteoarthritis and Hip Replacements
While there are many factors that can lead to severe hip injuries and necessitate a hip replacement, by far the most common cause is osteoarthritis. For patients undergoing total hip replacement, a surgical process in which an implant is put in place of the entire hip joint, osteoarthritis is the leading contributor because it causes the cartilage in the hip joint to wear away over time.
People suffering from osteoarthritis often resort to hip replacement surgeries, trusting that the implant will relieve their pain and give them a renewed range of movement. Unfortunately, patients who received the DePuy ASR hip implant after 2005 may be continuing to suffer due to defective hip implants. These patients may be able to seek financial compensation from the negligent manufacturer of these devices. To learn more, contact the DePuy lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher at 800-761-3187.
Types of Osteoarthritis
- Osteoarthritis can be caused by a number of different things and is typically divided into two categories – primary and secondary.
- Primary osteoarthritis is not caused by aging, but rather is a degenerative disorder caused by a loss of water in cartilage. This loss of water over time causes the cartilage to be more susceptible to wear. This may cause bone spurs to form, causing significant pain and inflammation. It is unclear whether the condition is hereditary, but there is evidence to suggest that this may be the case.
- Secondary osteoarthritis has the same results as primary osteoarthritis, but is caused by such things as diabetes, joint injuries, obesity, Marfan syndrome, congenital joint disorders, and inflammatory diseases.
If you have suffered health complications after receiving a DePuy ASR hip implant, a civil lawsuit may be appropriate. To discuss your legal options, contact the DePuy lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-761-3187 today.