“It started to feel a bit clunky and was grinding and then it started to squeak very loudly – loud enough for people in the street to be startled and stare at me,” Chris Monk told the Evening News of his artificial hip. “I was in so much pain and could barely walk a few yards when it was at its worst.”
Monk had scans that showed his all-metal hip implant was defective and had damaged his flesh. It had also dropped bits of metal debris inside his body that seeped into his bloodstream causing a type of blood poisoning known as metallosis.
Monk became part of a growing database of people who claimed they had suffered injuries after receiving the ASR hip replacement system made by DePuy Orthopaedics. Unlike traditional hip implants that are made with ceramic or plastic parts, the DePuy ASR was made with all metal parts. It turned out to be a fatal design flaw.
The devices were failing at a faster than expected rate, after only five years or less. They were also found to be able to leech chromium and cobalt ions into the bloodstream of some patients, causing a condition called metallosis. Little is known of the effects of metallosis, but new research suggests that these metal ions can damage DNA, which can ultimately lead to health consequences including cancer.
DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, agreed to pay for revision surgery to remove and replace Monk’s defective device, but Monk says it’s not enough. The pain and suffering he experienced from the metal hip caused Monk, a financial manager, to lose his job, he says. He has joined hundreds of patients around the world who have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer seeking compensation not only for their surgeries but for other issues including loss of wages, and pain and suffering that they say are a result of their chronic hip problems.
“I’m concerned about the future,” Monk said, “and I would say it has definitely affected my employment prospects.”
Source: Evening News