The DePuy hip implant, originally marketed to young and active hip replacement candidates, has been the cause behind a variety of health problems. With side effects such as death of tissue, loss of bone, pain, swelling, pseudotumors, and metallosis, this hip implant has been the subject of several lawsuits.
The initial FDA approval of the DePuy Hip Replacement occurred in 2005, and in the three years following, there have been hundreds of reported side effects attributed to the metal-on-metal hip implant. Since the recalled DePuy hip replacement is a metal-on-metal device, when the metal pieces grind against one another, pieces of the device flake off and enter the patient’s body.
In October 2012, a lawsuit was filed against Johnson & Johnson by California man, Bruce Pearn. After receiving the hip replacement in 2008, Mr. Pearn suffered several side effects including metallosis, an excessive exposure of the body to metal. Mr. Pearn believes that the manufacturer was aware of the possible side effects and failed to warn those patients receiving the hip implant.
There were 40,000 patients between August 2005 and August 2010 that received the DePuy hip implant. Cases are currently being filed against the manufacturers of this defective hip implant.
If you or a loved one underwent a metal-on-metal hip replacement, there is a serious risk regarding the above side effects. Contact a lawyer today to find what actions you may take regarding the recalled hip-replacement. For more information on metal-on-metal hip replacements, contact a DePuy hip implant attorney immediately at 800.637.8170.