Hip Replacement Recall in Michigan

Have you had hip replacement surgery since July of 2003? If so the hip replacement recall for the DuPuy ASR Hip System may impact you

Anyone who has had a hip replacement since 2003 should contact their doctor to see if the DuPuy ASR device was used. If so, the doctor may want to order blood tests to see if metal breakdown has started and to determine chromium and cobalt levels.

Symptoms of hip replacement failure

Common indications that the replaced hip may be faulty include: pain in the groin, hip or leg; a limp or change in walking ability; swelling at or near the hip joint.

What to do when learning about hip replacement recall in Michigan

Anyone who has been notified that they need revision surgery because their DuPuy ASR replacement has failed should absolutely not have the surgery done without first calling Cochran, Kroll & Associates, PC, for a free consultation with a staff attorney who specializes in medical malpractice and medical product liability. Do not sign a consent form for surgery to remove and replace a DuPuy device without legal advice.

A lawyer from Cochran, Kroll & Associates, PC, will strongly advise that our client provide the surgeon with written instructions about saving tissue samples and keeping the ASR devise after it is removed. It is critical that the surgeon receive these instructions before surgery.

There also are risks associated with surgery to replace a failed device. A 56-year-old former IBM employee from Illinois remains on disability and still must walk with a cane a year after having her ASR hip replaced. Tragically, this woman received her hip replacement surgery in 2007 – the same year that ASR failures in Great Britain were reported to DuPuy who then kept the information from American surgeons.

Justice demands that careless manufacturers pay up

Companies that manufacture medical products and devices, such as DuPuy, are expected to exercise the same standard of care that we expect from our surgeons, physicians and drug makers. When medical manufacturers do not exercise due care and fail to take reasonable actions to prevent harm, they can and should be held liable.

Patients who are suffering from a failed hip replacement need to send a clear and strong message to DePuy that they will pay dearly for continuing to sell and promote on the American market a product they clearly knew was defective. That kind of arrogance should not be tolerated and is a justifiable reason to seek justice from the courts.

Cochran, Kroll & Associates, PC, is a Michigan law firm specializing in medical malpractice, personal liability, and SSD/SSI appeals that does not represent insurance companies or corporations but instead bases its fees upon representing individuals and families. If you had a hip replacement and believe it is faulty call us at 866-868-3779 for a free consultation.

Hip replacement recall timing is a tragic, shocking disregard for patients

Having hip replacement surgery is always strenuous to undergo but what is tragically more grueling is when the patient must have the hip replacement surgery redone because of a hip replacement recall in Michigan.

So think what it means that 10 percent of the 93,000 patients worldwide (40,000 in the U.S.) implanted with the DuPuy ASR Hip Implant have had to have the hip replacement surgery repeated because the implant device failed.

More recent data suggests that up to 50 percent of patients implanted with the ASR device in the United Kingdom may require hip replacement surgery.

Hip replacement recall slow in coming

What is even more shocking is DePuy’s cavalier attitude toward its errors and the impact on patients implanted with its device.

After learning that its ASR hip implant was faulty, DuPuy waited a year before sending out a warning to American surgeons on March 5, 2010 that its implant device was bad.

And these warning letters were not sent to American surgeons until three months after DePuy voluntarily withdrew its hip implant from the Australian market in December 2009.

DePuy continued to promote and sell its faulty hip implant in America for six months after the Australian withdrawal before finally recalling the ASR hip implant in the U.S. in August 2010.

Who decides on hip replacement recall?

DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, obtained FDA approval in 2005 for its ASR hip implant, choosing to use a shortcut process that does not require clinical trials to be held.

And even though the ASR hip implant was said to last 15 years or more it was recalled in only five years after being introduced on the U.S. market.

Not only were clinical trials of the ASR device not required but current FDA rules allow companies like DuPuy to determine when safety alerts about implants are issued or when bad products are withdrawn from the market.

Cochran, Kroll & Associates is a Michigan law firm specializing in medical malpractice, personal liability, and SSD/SSI appeals that does not represent insurance companies or corporations but instead bases its fees upon representing individuals and families. Cochran, Kroll & Associates won $15.8 Million, the largest award in Michigan for a medical malpractice case.

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