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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Failed Hip Surgery Lawsuits and Failed Hip Implant Lawsuits by Texas Failed Hip Surgery Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Failed Hip Surgery Medical Malpractice Lawsuits, Defective Hip Implant Lawsuits, Implantable Hip Failure Lawsuits, and Failed Hip Surgery Resulting in Permanent Disability and Paralysis Lawsuits by Texas Failed Hip Surgery Product Liability, Medical Negligence, & Defective Product Lawyer, Jason Coomer 

Failed hip replacement surgery can cause severe pain, catastrophic injuries, physical impairment, and the need for additional hip replacement surgery.  Failed hip replacement surgery can be caused by medical negligence or defective hip implants including Zimmer Cups, Trident Hemispherical Cups, Trident PSL Cups, DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems, and Depuy ASR XL Acetabular Systems.  Regardless, as to whether the failed hip replacement surgery lawsuit is caused by  a defective cup or implant, and/or medical negligence a failed hip replacement lawsuit  can take significant resources to investigate and litigate.  When investigating these potential failed hip replacement surgery lawsuits, it is important to know what implant has been used as well as to obtain medical records of the surgery.

Hip Replacement Surgery including Total Joint Replacement Surgery, Total Hip Replacement Surgery, and Surgery

Hip replacement surgery, also called total hip arthroplasty, involves removing a diseased or broken hip joint and replacing it with an artificial joint, called a prosthesis. Hip prostheses commonly consist of a ball component, made of metal or ceramic, and a socket, which has an insert or liner made of plastic, ceramic or metal. The implants used in hip replacement are or should be biocompatible (meaning they're designed to be accepted by your body) and made to resist corrosion, degradation and wear. 

Hip replacement surgery is typically used for people with hip joint damage from arthritis or a serious injury.  Followed by rehabilitation, hip replacement surgery can relieve pain and restore range of motion and function of the hip joint.  However, it should be understood that Hip Replacement Surgery is an invasive and serious medical procedure that can be extremely hard on a person and will require significant time to recover.  It is important that a person seeking a hip replacement consult with one or more medical doctors that they trust to determine if they are healthy enough to undergo hip replacement surgery.  

As a total hip joint replacement replaces the ends of both bones in a damaged hip joint to create new joint surfaces and a total hip replacement surgery replaces the upper end of the thighbone (femur) with a metal ball and resurfaces the hip socket in the pelvic bone with a metal shell and plastic liner, it is essential that the hip implants are biocompatible and are correctly made to resist corrosion, degradation, and wear as well as to work well without rubbing. 

After a person has gone through an extensive hip surgery including the lengthy recovery and process, it can be very upsetting to learn that the manufacturer incorrectly made the implant so that it will have to removed and the person will have to undergo the hip replacement surgery again requiring more recovery, missed time from work, and missed time from family and normal functioning.

Defective Hip Implant Devices Lead to Failed Hip Replacement Surgery and Patients suffering Pain, Impairment, and Mental Anguish as well as having to have Second Hip Replacement Surgery to Repair the Problem

Failed hip implant surgery including defective hip implants have been becoming more and more common.   Some hip implant medical devices that have been the subject of failed hip surgery lawsuits, recalls, or FDA actions include the Zimmer Durom Cup, the Stryker Corp. Trident Hemispherical and Trident PSL cups, DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems, and Depuy ASR XL Acetabular Systems.  Through failed hip replacement lawsuits many patients are alleging that defective hip implants including defective Zimmer Cups, Trident Hemispherical and PSL Cups, or DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular Systems have caused them pain, suffering, impairment, and the need for additional hip replacement surgeries.

The Zimmer Durom Cup has been implanted into over 12,000 people and is primarily used in Total Hip Replacement surgeries.  In July 2008 sales of the Zimmer Durom Cup were suspended by Zimmer, after reports that the cup was defective and failed to bond in many patients.  This failure to bond caused these patients to have to undergo painful revision hip surgeries.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has warned the Stryker Corporation about the Trident Hemispherical and Trident PSL cups that have "failed to function" as well as about hip implant components with "poor fixation"  These cup or failed implant have also required painful revision hip surgeries. The latest warning letter released by the FDA indicated that the Stryker Corporation received multiple complaints from 2005 through 2007 involving devices that failed to work and hip implant components that had bad fixation. Some hip implant failures have required that hip implant patients undergo a follow up surgery to fix the problem with the first hip implant surgery.  These problems in addition to the failure to function and poor fixation include the issue of terrible squeaking noises coming from the hip implant. 

In August, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. announced that it would be recalling two hip replacement products, the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System, after receiving new data which indicated that more patients than expected experienced pain and other symptoms which required a revision surgery following the initial hip replacement procedure.  The patients with with DePuy ASR and ASR XL metal-on-metal hip implants have experienced loosening and dislocation of the device resulting in the need for early revision surgery and/or the release of metal debris causing muscle and soft tissue damage.

The FDA has warned manufacturers of hip implants that the recurrence of squeaking noises of hip implants with ceramic bearing components have resulted in revision surgeries due to implant failures (fractures, pain, wear particles, and fragments) and many patients have and are expected to experience problems including Hip Pain and may require additional hip implant surgery to repair the defective hip implant devices.

In reviewing a potential failed hip replacement surgery medical negligence lawsuits and failed hip replacement defective hip implant lawsuits, it is extremely helpful to know what type of hip implant was implanted into the patient, when the hip implant occurred, if a second hip replacement surgery was needed or will be needed, when the hip implant began to malfunction, and what problems the defective hip implant caused.  It is also helpful to be able to review the medical records of the surgery.  For more information on potential defective hip implant lawsuits or failed hip replacement surgery medical negligence lawsuits, feel free to e-mail Texas Failed Hip Implant Surgery Lawyer, Jason S. Coomer.

Regardless, as to whether the failed hip replacement surgery was caused by a defective Zimmer Cup, defective Trident Hemispherical Cup, defective Trident PSL Cup, defective DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. ASR Hip Resurfacing Systemt, defective DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System, and/or negligent surgeon, it is extremely frustrating to a person that has had a failed hip replacement surgery to learn that they are going to have to undergo a second hip replacement surgery because of a product defect, manufacturing defect, or negligence.

Defective Hip Implant Device Lawsuits, Texas Failed Hip Replacement Surgery Lawsuits, and Depuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System Lawsuits, & Back Surgery Lawsuits

For more information on failed hip replacement surgery lawsuits including a defective Zimmer Cup lawsuit, defective Trident Hemispherical Cup lawsuit, defective Trident PSL Cup Lawsuit, defective DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. ASR Hip Resurfacing System lawsuit, defective DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System lawsuit, and/or a medical negligence hip replacement lawsuit, feel free to follow the following links Failed Hip Surgery Lawsuits, Texas Fail Hip Replacement Lawsuits, and Defective Hip Implant Lawsuits or Depuy Failed Hip Implant Lawsuits & ASR Hip Resurfacing System Lawsuits.

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