Following a study whose data revealed an unusually high failure rate of 43 percent for certain types of metal-on-metal hip implants, the UK has prohibited the use of these types of hip implants in National Health Service (NHS) hospitals. Involving 17,000 participants, the study recorded a significant number of instances wherein metal-on-metal hip implants showed signs of serious erosion.
The Telegraph found that many metal-on-metal hip implants do not meet failure rate standards, especially the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement system. This hip implant has a documented failure rate of 13 percent over a five year period. That failure rate increases with time, as some estimates show a 43 percent rate of failure nine years after initial implantation.
Due to its defective natu, the DePuy ASR hip implant has since been removed from the market.
According to a former president of the British Orthopaedic Association, who was interviewed for the Telegraph report, if left in the body, a defective metal-on-metal hip replacement can damage surrounding tissue.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also warned about the harm metal-on-metal hip implants can cause. The FDA has noted that metal-on-metal hip implants have been known to release metal particles into the body, and as such, destroy surrounding tissue and bone. Metal particles can also enter the bloodstream, and cause neurological problems.
How can Carey Danis & Lowe Help You?
If you received an implant of the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement system, and have experienced health complications that you believe are the result of device failure and defective design, you have a case that may make you eligible to receive compensation. The defective medical device attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe are currently investigating cases involving the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement. We invite you to contact our St. Louis based law firm for a free case evaluation, and for assistance with filing a DePuy ASR Hip lawsuit.
If you have concerns about how metal-on-metal hip implants can impact health, speak with one of our on-staff medical experts.
Share your DePuy ASR Hip story with Carey Danis & Lowe today. Call us at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim.References: Defective Medical Device litigation, Hip/Knee Replacement