Cincinnati, Ohio – A class action lawsuit has been filed against the makers of an artificial hip system in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati on behalf of several people who received the defective product during hip replacement surgery and then suffered excruciating pain. Those suing are asking for financial compensation as well as court-supervised medical monitoring at no cost to them.
Late last summer, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, announced a recall of artificial hip parts that were found to be defective. The parts involved are the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The decision to recall the parts was based on a larger than expected number of revision surgeries needed in patients who received the hip replacement parts just five years or less since their surgery. Artificial hips can last up to 35 years with a failure rate of about 15 percent. But studies showed that 12 to 13 percent of the people who received the DePuy parts needed replacement surgery after just five years.
People who receive artificial hip joints will often experience pain and difficulty walking after surgery, which improves over time. But if the pain doesn’t get better, or comes back, then one of several problems may have occurred, such as the implant detaching from the bone and becoming misplaced, a fracture in the bone around the implant, or dislocation where the two parts of the implant that move against each other are no longer aligned.
The people who filed the lawsuits against DePuy and Johnson & Johnson say the makers of the defective hip replacement systems knew their products were faulty yet they continued to market them and allow doctors to implant them in patients.