Is the DePuy Hip Implant Wear and Tear Just Like Other Implants?

Whenever there is rubbing between two surfaces, there will always be wear and tear. All hip implants will have some wear and tear between the implant and the bone. During surgery, a surgeon will cut out the old hip joint and glue in a new hip joint (implant). These implants will have both a "ball," which is at the head of the femur, and a "cup," which is the joint/hip socket. These pieces will rub together and over time, break down. However, although all of the implants do shed, most implant patients would not need a new implant for about 10 or 15 years. The wear rate for a metal-on-polyethylene implant is about 00.10 milileters each year. … [Read more...]

DePuy Fights the New York Times and Loses

Give credit to the New York Times for being the first to warn patients and doctors about the potential defects that eventually led to the Depuy hip implant recall. In March of 2010, The New York Times was the first to break the story about these potentially defective products which could cause serious injury to patients. Although The New York Times' data was essentially indisputable, DePuy issued strong denials and defended it's hip implant's track record. DePuy fought back, saying that their ASR XL Acetabular System was just as safe as other hip implant systems distributed by other manufacturers. Ironically, as The New York Times … [Read more...]

DePuy Distributes “Helpful” Handout for Defective Implant Claims

Recently, DePuy Orthopaedics posted a patient handout for hip implant claims on its web site. This implant recall handout is supposed to provide patients with detailed information about the full amount of compensation that patients would be entitled to receive if their surgeon implanted a defective DePuy hip implant. That handout states as follows (click on the image to enlarge): DePuy sells Defective Hip Implants; Hires "Claims Adjustors" in Aftermath In this country, our civil justice system deals with what happens when a corporation breaks the rules of society that are designed to keep citizens safe. Here, DePuy Orthopaedics has … [Read more...]