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Hip Replacement

Hip replacement surgery is becoming more and more common.  From 2000 to 2010 alone, the number of people over 45 who underwent hip replacement surgery more than doubled. There are currently more than 2.5 million Americans who have a hip replacement implant.

As the number of hip replacement surgeries has grown, so have the incidents of hip replacement surgery complications and hip replacement device issues and complications as well as hip replacement device recalls and hip replacement lawsuits.

Hip Replacement Complications

There are numerous complications that can result from hip replacement surgery. Sometimes these complications are due to faulty hip replacement implants.  Some lead to patients needing revision surgery—so they have to undergo extra surgery to replace a faulty device or correct an unintended outcome of their first replacement surgery.

Hip replacement complications that have necessitated revision surgery include:

  • Device loosening or breaking
  • Fracturing of the implant or bone
  • Nerve, muscle, or bone damage
  • Excessive swelling in the hip
  • Hip dislocation
  • Limping or a change in ability to walk
  • Popping, clicking, or grinding in the hip
  • Wound or joint infection
  • Excessive or prolonged pain in the hip, leg, or groin
  • Excessive bleeding

In addition, sometimes, when both pieces of a hip replacement device have been made of metal, the metal parts can rub against each other, which, over time, can release bits of metal into the surrounding area.  Complications that can result from metal-on-metal implants include:

  • Damage to tissue around the implant
  • Metallosis, which is an accumulation of tiny metal particles in tissue surrounding the implant that can damage tissue or bone, cause debilitating pain, induce metal poisoning, among other negative effects
  • Osteolysis (destruction or disappearance of bone tissue)
  • Pseudotumors (an abnormality like a tumor that is not a tumor)

Hip Replacement Lawsuits and Recalls

There have been noteworthy lawsuits against hip replacement device manufacturers that have resulted in juries awarding millions of dollars to patients and their families to compensate them for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills. In one case, a billion dollars was awarded! In other cases, manufacturers have offered large settlements to avoid the expense and publicity of a jury trial.

There have also been widely covered recalls of faulty hip replacement devices.  Notable manufacturers who have recalled hip implant devices are:

  • DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Stryker Corporation
  • Wright Medical

In spite of these recalls and lawsuits that have highlighted the fact that there are faulty and damaging hip replacement devices on the market, there are still problems and device issues that are causing patients pain and suffering, instead of the relief and improved quality of life the hip replacement surgery was supposed to provide.

If you or someone you love has experienced unexpected complications after a hip replacement procedure, contact us for a free consultation

If you are facing revision surgery, or had to undergo revision surgery—contact us.

If you are enduring intense and debilitating pain due to hip replacement surgery—contact us.

Medical procedures like hip replacements are meant to improve quality of life and to increase mobility.  If your procedure did not, call us.  

There are particular models and brands of implant devices we are pursuing cases against.  We have listed them below. But if  you have been harmed by a hip replacement procedure, even if you are unsure of the brand, contact us.

Our firm was founded to help our clients get justice when they have been wronged.  Our attorneys have years of experience and a reputation for personalized, compassionate partnering with our clients. We also have the expertise, resources, and manpower to fully investigate your circumstances in order to get you the justice you deserve.

Call us at 516-746-7000 or submit your case details online and we will contact you to arrange a free consultation. 

Manufacturers and Hip Replacement Devices of Particular Interest

  • Birmingham R3™
  • DePuy ASR™ or Pinnacle™
  • OMNIlife science Apex K2™
  • Smith & Nephew Modular SMF™, Modular REDAPT™, or EMPERION™
  • Stryker LFIT V40™, Rejuvenate™, ABG II™, Accolade™, Citation™ or Meridian™
  • Wright Medical Conserve™
  • Zimmer MMC™