DePuy Hip Recall Claims First Aussie Victim

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As New Jersey and Philadelphia DePuy hip recall attorneys, we have been providing DePuy hip recall patients with information regarding the worldwide recall of their ASR XL hip replacement system. As you know from recent posts, this litigation has been consolidated in Ohio under Judge Katz. Recently, it was announced that an Australian citizen has joined this class action here in the US. First Australian DePuy Victim Joins Fight Bob Lugton, of Brisbane, Australia, was declared the first “Aussie” to join the DePuy hip recall lawsuit. Mr. Lugton filed suit when his DePuy hip implant failed only 18 months after having been … [Read more...]

DePuy Recall Attorney Response to Latest Comment From Reader

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As New Jersey and Philadelphia DePuy hip recall attorneys, we recently posted a blog that defended orthopaedic surgeons who had utilized the DePuy hip implant on their patients. Although this post did not totally exonerate orthopaedic surgeons from the DePuy hip recall mess, it did urge patients to give their surgeons the benefit of the doubt. This post drew a very pointed comment by Mr. Juergen Schaberick, who stated- “As a victim of the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal [hip implant] I like to ask if you would still trust your surgeon when his name pops up on the official DePuy website when searching for a surgeon in your area.” Not … [Read more...]

DePuy Hip Recall Lawyers Defend Orthopaedic Surgeons

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As New Jersey and Philadelphia DePuy hip recall lawyers, we are frequently asked whether or not DePuy hip recall patients can trust their orthopaedic surgeons to give them honest, fair, and impartial advice regarding the recall. After all, this orthopaedic surgeon was the one who initially recommended the patient receive the DePuy product in the first place. However, while a small percentage of orthopaedic surgeons may have initially been offered financial incentives by DePuy and Johnson & Johnson to utilize the implant that has since been recalled, many surgeons likely chose the implant based on DePuy’s marketing of the benefits of … [Read more...]

Should DePuy Defective Hip Recall Make all Hip Implant patients Think Twice?

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As DePuy hip recall lawyers, we have been posting daily about the hip recall litigation and other matters that may be of interest to any DePuy hip recall patient. Since this past August, many patients who are considering hip implant surgery have been wondering whether it is time to stop and think about the future of hip implant surgery. After all, any replacement procedure, whether replacing a hip, shoulder, or knee with an implant, involves replacing the body's natural bone and tissue with man made metals and ceramics. Here, DePuy used chromium and cobalt in its ASR hip replacement system. For the 93,000 implant recipients, the recall was … [Read more...]

DePuy Hip Recall Lawyers Lists 4 Things Patients Should Know

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If you are a victim of the DePuy hip recall, there are few things you should know: 1. Not all DePuy hip implants are being recalled. As a New Jersey and Philadelphia DePuy hip recall lawyer, I get many telephone calls and emails from patients who have had hip replacements. As we posted on December 2, 2010, only certain DePuy hip implants are subject to the recall. Please click on the next link to read whether or not your hip implant is part of the DePuy hip recall. 2. Your implant will need to be replaced whether or not you are having symptoms. We are often asked, "Do I need to have my DePuy hip implant replaced if I’m not … [Read more...]

DePuy Hip Implants Release Toxic Metallic Debris Into Bloodstream

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Recently, there has been a lot of news surrounding the recall of the DePuy Orthopaedics defective hip implant system. The product recall occurred after a medical study in Great Britain revealed that this hip implant had up to a 13% failure rate within the first five years of surgery. And, as if early hip replacement failure and the necessity of additonal surgery wasn't bad enough, the wear and tear from these defective hip implants is resulting in the flow of metallic debris throughout the bloodstream. What are these metals? Chromium and Cobalt. These metals are not found in your local vitamin store: Chromium is a chemical element … [Read more...]

Are all DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Implants Defective?

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Recently, we have been asked if ALL DePuy hip implants are defective. Currently, there is no real answer because it is simply too soon to interperet the data on these defective DePuy hip implants. What is known is that the recall affects the ASR XL Acetabular System, which is used for total hip replacements, as well as the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, which is used in a newer kind of procedure involving bone conservation. The ASR Hip Resurfacing System has not yet been approved in the United States, but according to Johnson & Johnson, some patients may have gotten these implants through a clinical trial when the company was seeking FDA … [Read more...]

DePuy Hip Replacement Recall: Is a New Hip Worth the Risk?

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With the recent news about the DePuy Orthopaedics hip replacement recalls, many people are asking, "Is a hip replacement worth the risk?" Each year there are nearly ¼ of a million hip replacement surgeries performed. Many hospitals and surgeons boast of how simple, safe, and effective hip replacement surgeries are. Afterall, a hip replacement surgery only takes about 1-3 hours and, many times, patients are up and about and returning to work as early as one week after surgery. However, the decision to have a hip replacement should be one that is made only as a last resort. When is it Time for a Hip Replacement? Prior to a hip … [Read more...]

Defective DePuy Hip Implants: Signs and Symptoms

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DePuy Orthopaedics has recently recalled it's defective ASR Hip Implant System, however, not every DePuy hip implant has failed. If you are a recipient of the DePuy hip replacement, you should look for any of the following signs and symptoms: Hip Pain (with or without activity) - All patients who have had hip replacement surgery will experience some pain at first. However, the symptoms are supposed to improve and, eventually, go away. If your symptoms have gone away and have now returned, or never did go away at all, it may be a sign of a defective hip implant. Hip Swelling - Swelling is normal in the immediate post operative period … [Read more...]