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Federal health officials investigate metal hip replacements

Posted on July 2nd, 2012 No Comments

Officials with the Food and Drug Administration are going to begin an investigation into metal hip replacements that have been failing in American patients for some time and U.S. health officials want to know the exact reason why.

Beginning last week, the FDA had a two-day meeting that discussed the safety of this type of hip replacement after so many patients claimed that their implants caused pain, swelling, and even second or removal surgeries.

This type of implant was originally thought to be the safer option, but after these reports, it may be the most dangerous kind. The metal implants were thought to be more resistant than the plastic or ceramic ones that were previously used, but recent data may prove this to be false.

For more information on this story, please visit Mercury News online.

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Recall occurs for another metal hip replacement system

Posted on June 25th, 2012 No Comments

Another manufacturer has announced the recall of their metal hip replacement system after officials with the company stated that they were not satisfied with the result of the product. The British-based company, Smith & Nepehew, is the fourth company that has recalled a metal-on-metal hip replacement.

Thiss type of hip replacement system was said to be a more durable option compared to the metal-on-plastic one, but recent research shows that these metal cup and metal ball replacements may be three times more likely to fail than the traditional ones.

Patients who have received this type of replacement have experienced  pain as well as corrective surgeries. The FDA is going to review this product later this month. DePuy Orthopaedics recalled a hip replacement system for similar reasons in 2010.

If you or a loved one has experienced pain and suffering after receiving a metal-on-metal hip replacement recall, contact the DePuy hip recall system lawyers of Williams Kherkher today.

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Myths about hip replacement surgery

Posted on June 21st, 2012 No Comments

Many people who need joint replacement surgeries are scared to even discuss the topic because they believe many things about the procedure that may not be true. This blog will discuss the myths that many have on these surgeries.

First, many people think that joint replacement surgeries only last for about 10 years and in today’s world this is not true. Hip and knee replacements are now made to last for much longer and have more effectiveness for each person that receives one.

Another common myth is that those who receive hip or joint replacement surgery will need a long period of time to recover. This also used to be true because patients would need about a week in the hospital to recover, but now patients can put pressure on the hip or knee within hours of surgery and are able to leave the hospital after 1 to 2 days.

Although this is true for most joint replacement surgeries, joint replacement systems made by DePuy Orthopaedics have recently been recalled because of the increased risk associated with the metal-on-metal hip replacement system.

If you have been injured from a hip replacement system and are seeking compensation from a DePuy lawsuit.

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What is sepsis?

Posted on June 18th, 2012 No Comments

When a person is in need of a hip replacement surgery, the procedure can be very beneficial because it may be able to help with mobility and pain issues significantly.

Recently, the use of certain metal-on-metal hip replacement systems has caused other side effects and issues and has even lead to a major recall. DePuy hip replacement systems have been linked to a higher rate of failure, which has lead many people to require revision surgeries.

Infection may occur after any surgery, but it is even more likely if there is a defective factor associated with the system. If the infection spreads to the blood, it can increase the likelihood that hazards may occur. If sepsis occurs, the best thing to do is treat it early, which is why it is important to be able to identify the symptoms. A few symptoms of sepsis include, fever, nausea, high blood pressure, vomiting, dizziness and fast breathing.

If this has happened to you, visit the DePuy hip replacement lawsuit lawyers today.

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Hip recall lawsuit filed in California against DePuy

Posted on June 14th, 2012 No Comments

A California man has now filed a lawsuit against DePuy Orthopaedics after he had a DePuy hip replacement surgery that failed two years later.

According to the lawsuit, the man received a total hip replacement surgery in 2008 when he was fitted for an ASR Acetabular hip replacement system. Two years later, he began to experience pain and loss of mobility and shortly after, his doctor told him that the replacement used in his surgery was involved in  recall.

He was then forced to undergo a revision surgery. The man then filed a lawsuit against the makers of the hip system, DePuy, after claiming that they knew or should have known about the possible defects.

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DePuy lawsuit claims implant was ‘too complicated’

Posted on June 11th, 2012 No Comments

A lawsuit filed against the makers of the DePuy hip system after the product was recalled in 2010, claims that the hip replacement product was “too challenging” for  surgeons to implant.

The lawsuit was filed on May 15, 2012 in the state court of California and claims that after he received the surgery in March 2009 and started experiencing severe pain shortly after. It became difficult for him to walk and doctors have stated that he may need to have a revision surgery.

The man’s lawsuit claimed that DePuy knew of the side effects that could occur and failed to warn others of the risks. The lawsuit also discusses the design of the ASR hip replacement and the design defects that occur from a metal-on-metal system.

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FAQs on hip replacement surgery

Posted on June 8th, 2012 No Comments

Before a hip replacement surgery occurs, there are a few questions that are usually asked by patients in order to determine if the procedure is right for them.

First, many wonder who should receive a hip replacement surgery and the most common answer to this is adults that have hip fractures or  hip arthritis that causes them much pain. Many candidates for this surgery are between the age 50 and 80, but some conditions or issues cause the replacement surgery to occur earlier.

According to Penn Live, another question that arises is what risks are associated with the surgery. Some risks include infection, blood clots and blood thinning, but these can be somewhat rare. A well-replaced hip should last up to 15 years, but some hip replacement systems have been recalled because of their high failure rate.

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DePuy MDL lawsuit adds Texas case

Posted on June 4th, 2012 No Comments

The multidistrict litigation against DePuy Orthopaedics has now added a new lawsuit from a Texas woman who claims that she sustained painful injuries after receiving an ASR hip replacement system.

This hip replacement system was recalled in 2010 after that system was deemed faulty. The manufacturer is currently facing hundreds of lawsuits as a result. Two of their hip replacement systems were involved a recall, the ASR and the Pinnacle systems.

The Texas woman’s lawsuit was somewhat different than some of her peers because she never underwent a revision surgery, but she has elevated levels of ion in her blood stream which means the risk of failure is very high.

If this has happened to you or a loved one, contact the DePuy lawsuit lawyers of Williams Kherkher in order to determine who is liable for your hip injury.

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DePuy lawsuit filed, later dismissed

Posted on May 29th, 2012 No Comments

A lawsuit filed against DePuy Orthopaedic after a man’s wife suffered after receiving a DePuy hip replacement surgery. The lawsuit has now been thrown out due to lack of jurisdiction.

The lawsuit was filed by two California residents in February 2012, but has now been thrown out because of lack of jurisdiction because one of the three defendants involved in the suit, lived in California.

The lawsuit states that the woman received a DePuy hip replacement in 2008 and began to notice pain in her hip after. In 2011, she had a blood test that showed that she had elevated levels of chronium and cobalt in her system and was suffering from metal poisoning from the metal-on-metal implant.

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Reasons for hip replacement surgeries

Posted on May 24th, 2012 No Comments

There are many different reasons why a person may have to undergo a hip replacement surgery and when surgery is the prescribed medical option for an injury or ailment, a person wants to know as many details about the procedure as possible.

Hip replacement surgeries can be somewhat complicated, but after they are done, drastic improvement can be seen in the way a person and moves around.

A few common reasons that a person would undergo a hip replacement surgery would be if the person suffered from some type of bone weakening disease as well as bone cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and Avascular necrosis.

If undergoing a hip replacement, it is also important to be aware of which system will be used. Recently, there have been a few unreliable hip replacement systems that have caused much pain and additional surgeries. If you have received a DePuy hip replacement and suffered because of it, contact the hip replacement lawyers of Williams Kherkher today by calling 800-761-3187.

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