Erin is helping many people who have contacted her concerning hip implant defects.
Hip implant components are made of polyethylene (plastic), metal, ceramic or a combination of materials. There are a number of hip implants that have been recalled due to significant defects, resulting in horrendous pain for often elderly people who have undergone a hip replacement.
The following is a list of manufacturers of hip implants, now known to be defective.
DePuy Orthopaedics: DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson, developed three hip replacement designs since 2000 with high failure rates: the Pinnacle Hip Replacement System, the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The problems with all three systems arise from their metal-on-metal components, and the two ASR systems have been recalled. According to data gathered by DePuy, approximately 12 percent of patients who received an ASR Hip Resurfacing System required revision surgery within five years of having the device, and about 13 percent of patients needed revision surgery within five years of receiving an ASR XL Acetabular System. DePuy is facing lawsuits from patients who experienced complications after receiving one of its problematic hip implants.
Shine Lawyers, a law firm where Erin is an ambassador, are running the DePuy class action in Australia which was launched in September 2011.
Stryker Orthopaedics: In July 2012, Stryker recalled two hip replacement systems: the Rejuvenate and the ABG II modular-neck hip stems. These two hip designs have been associated with complications such as loosening of the implant and metallosis. The first lawsuit against Stryker for its hip design was filed in New Jersey on August 7, 2012. The recall came just a few months after Stryker issued warnings to surgeons about the hazards associated with these two products. Stryker listed metallosis, tissue death and a number of other complications that could require revision surgery.
Zimmer Holdings: Zimmer is facing lawsuits over its Durom Acetabular Component (Durom Cup), a hip socket made of metal. This one-piece socket is secured in place with a plasma coating instead of cement to promote bone growth, but the implant does not always properly attach to the bone and can cause excruciating pain if it comes loose. Zimmer briefly recalled the Durom Cup in 2008 to revise the instructions, but it returned to the market. Thousands of U.S. patients received the component between its debut in 2006 and the recall.
Smith & Nephew: Smith & Nephew recalled the metal liner component of its modular R3 Acetabular System on June 1, 2012. About 3,000 to 4,000 Americans received the faulty metal liner between 2009 and 2012, and these patients may be at an increased risk for revision surgery. If a patient has undergone revision surgery or a doctor has recommended it, compensation for medical expenses and injuries may be available.
Biomet Inc.: Biomet manufactures a metal-on-metal hip implant called M2a. It’s a modular device with many options, including M2a-Magnum, M2a-38, M2a-Taper, M2a-28mm, Stanmore and Exceed ABT. The metal-on-metal design can result in high failure rates and patients who received a defective Biomet hip implant may suffer from metallosis or another complication.
Wright Medical Technology Inc.: Wright Medical manufactures two hip implant products that are similar to DePuy’s ASR hip replacement systems. One is the Conserve Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System, which features a metal-on-metal ball and socket. The other is the Profemur Z Hip Stem, which is a modular metal product. Since 2003, about 10,000 of these hip replacement products have been implanted in patients. Because of their similarities to DePuy hip implants, these products may be associated with higher failure rates.
If you are suffering pain following a hip replacement, Erin and her team may be able to help.