Metallosis a side-effect seen in DePuy Hip patients in St. Louis

Metallosis a side-effect seen in DePuy Hip patients in St. Louis

Metal particles shaving off into the soft tissue around the hip is one possible complication for patients who have been implanted with a defective DePuy hip replacement system.

Our St. Louis personal injury law firm handles cases for clients who are dealing with a defective hip. As we reported recently on our St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, patients are often being forced to endure a second surgery to rid themselves of this defective medical device.

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Thus far, DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson, has recalled more than 90,000 of the ASR Systems. Some estimate 13 percent of patients report problems within the first five years, although many believe the failure rate will ultimately be much higher.

The Food and Drug Administration failed to alert U.S. citizens of the risk until officials in the United Kingdom reported the high failure rate. U.K officials now advise patients to be tested for metal in the blood — no such warning has been issued in this country.

Metallosis is a condition caused by metal particles building up in the area around the implant. Symptoms may include:

-Hip pain.

-Swelling and inflammation.

-Rash

-Difficulty walking or standing.

Metallosis develops as a result of friction between the ball and socket, which scrapes off metal particles. These particles, which include chromium and cobalt, may accumulate in nearby tissue and even travel through the bloodstream.

The symptoms may point to serious problems with the hip implant, including a loosening of the implant from the bone, fractures around the bone where the implant is attached, dislocation and damage to tissue, muscles and nerves around the site of the implant.

The New York Times report is available here.

If you are dealing with a defective DePuy hip, contact St. Louis Injury Lawyer Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

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