A hip arthroplasty is a typical surgical procedure throughout the world, including the United States. Producers of orthopedic products make the materials used for hip arthroplasties (i.e. replacement balls, stems, cap, and sockets).
Even if a hip arthroplasty surgery is risk-free, the majority of patients experience suffering due to a defective arthroplasty device. The makers of hip replacement parts can recall their defective items at their own will or under a FDA mandate. These items have irreversibly harmed many people. So, victims of failed hip implants have opened hip arthroplasty cases with the courts.
Variations of Hip Arthroplasty Surgery
There are three types of hip arthroplasties. The purpose of total hip replacement is to replace the whole hip. A surface replacement is done when the hip socket needs to be replaced.
Various devices can be used in these procedures. These devices can be made with a “blend” of ceramic, metal, and plastic. The four standard hip arthroplasty devices are “metal on plastic” (MoP), “metal on metal (MoM), “ceramic on plastic” (CoP), and “ceramic on ceramic” (CoC). For decades, MoP devices have been high in popularity. The plastic MoP device has a fine texture and low friction. MoM devices tend to last longer than devices made of plastic and ceramic. Most of MoM devices have been flawlessly designed as the friction from the two metals has caused debris. CoP devices have a plastic that has a higher density than the one of a “metal on plastic” device. CoC devices are resistant to damage from normal wear.
Possible Secondary Effects of a Hip Arthroplasty
Two of the most dangerous secondary effects from hip arthroplasties are steolysis and metallosis. Metallosis involves metal debris accumulation in the soft tissues. For instance, cobalt and chromium accumulate in the hip’s soft tissues after a hip arthroplasty. The secondary effects of metallosis are osteolysis, failing implant, loose implant, necrosis, and severe discomfort in the joints. Osteolysis is the number one secondary effect of “semipermanent” hip implants. This condition occurs when the bone tissue is destroyed. Approximately 75 percent of hip prostheses have failed as a result of osteolysis.
Other complications associated with hip arthroplasty are infection, dislocation, broken hip, avascular necrosis, bone formation in soft tissues, and loss of life.
Previous Callbacks on Hip Arthroplasty Components
The sales of many hip arthroplasty components have been canceled by their fabricators because of their fallouts.
DePuy stopped selling the ASR Acetabular Hip and ASR Resurfacing Systems in 2010. According to a study, these “metal on metal” implants were willfully taken out of the market as they were problematic. The ASR system had recall rate of 30 percent. But, only 9.5 percent of other “metal on metal” devices failed.
In July 2012, Stryker ended the sales of the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant products. Risk for metallosis can be caused by implant debris release. The products had a high chance of corroding. Stryker alerted health care providers of the metallosis risk associated with the products 60 days prior to issuing a callback on them all over the world.
From 2009 to 2015, Smith & Nephew, Biomet, Exactech, Wright Medical, and Zimmer had a recall on defective hip replacement implants.
Continuation of Hip Arthroplasty Litigation, Judgments, and Resolutions
Most hip arthroplasty product companies have a lawsuit filed against them. There are approximately at least 1,000 lawsuits per company.
A multidistrict litigation involves the consolidation of these lawsuits coming from various districts. The process speeds up litigations that occur before a trial.
High Rise Financial Legal Funding can help you get pre-settlement financing if you have a hip replacement lawsuit in progress. The legal financing from High Rise Financial is not considered a cash advance or a loan. You can enroll for settlement funding right away by applying online. The only pre-requisite for applying for legal funding for approval by our underwriters is that you must be represented by an attorney. This facilitates the process because after you apply and are approved, you do not have to worry about the details. We work with your attorney directly to provide funding on your case.