DePuy Hip Implant Symptoms, Causes - What to Do

Asheville, North Carolina

Like other makes of all-metal hip implants, certain models of DePuy hip implants have become increasingly associated with a high premature failure rate and serious medical complications.

If you or a loved one suffered side-effects from a fauly hip implant, the Asheville, North Carolina, attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates may be able to help you recover financial compensation for resulting medical costs, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Causes of DePuy Hip Implant Complications

The adverse effects of metal-on-metal hip implants is thought to stem at least in part from their design, which can cause the components to shed metallic debris into the tissue surrounding the hip implants.

In 2010, DePuy recalled its XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System and its ASR Hip Resurfacing System after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received numerous reports of early failure rates and medical complications. These defective hip implants often require revision surgery to remove and replace the faulty hip implants.

Symptoms of Defective DePuy Hip Implants

The deteriorating metal components of the DePuy XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System may lead to the following symptoms:

  • Aseptic lymphocyte dominated vasculitis associated lesion (ALVAL)
  • Pseudotumors or cysts
  • Tendon damage
  • Discoloration of the skin around your hip implant
  • Soft tissue damage around the area of your hip implant
  • Bone deterioration that may lead to the misalignment or dislocation of your hip implant

Other symptoms that may indicate your DePuy hip implant is failing include:

  • Hip, groin, or joint pain
  • Inflammation of the tissue around your hip implant
  • Difficulty walking or bearing your own weight
  • Pain when shifting from sitting down to standing up
  • Bone fractures in the bones attached to your implant

What to Do if You Received a Faulty Hip Implant

If you experience any of the symptoms linked to defective hip implants, you should contact your physician or surgeon for an assessment and to determine the need for revision surgery.

Because revision procedures can be costly, it is also advisable to contact the knowledgeable product liability attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates for a no-cost case evaluation. For additional information, please see our Questions about DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits page.

If you or a family member suffered complications related to a faulty hip implant, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates for your free case consultation. Our hip implant attorneys are proud to serve clients from the Asheville, North Carolina, area.