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Corroding metal on artificial hip caused patient neurological symptoms

When orthopedic surgeon Stephen Tower realized in 2006 that in order to continue his recreational cycling he needed hip replacement surgery, he picked the newest and seemingly most durable hip implant on the market at the time – a metal-on-metal device made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The hip implant was specifically marketed to younger, active patients like Stephen. However, after a year Stephen was having pain in his hip and balance issues that caused him to crash his bike. Within the next year, he began experiencing more problems – ringing in his ears, sleep apnea, ... Read More

First New Jersey case alleging DePuy ASR hip injuries to start in October

The first of several hundred ASR-hip lawsuits filed in New Jersey state courts against DePuy Orthopedics and parent company Johnson & Johnson has been scheduled to start October 21. The bellwether case, selected as a representative case to help the court and litigants understand how the rest of the litigation will proceed, will be heard before Judge Brian Marinotti in the Superior Court of New Jersey for Bergen County. More than 600 lawsuits against DePuy alleging injuries from its ASR metal hip implants are pending in New Jersey, where they have been consolidated for Multi-County Litigation (MCL). Johnson & Johnson ... Read More

Judge upholds $8.3-million verdict against DePuy in first ASR hip implant trial

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has upheld an $8.3-million verdict in favor of plaintiff Loren “Bill” Kransky, the first plaintiff to have his case tried against DePuy Orthopedics over its faulty ASR hip implants. DePuy and parent company Johnson & Johnson asked Judge J. Stephen Czuleger to overturn the jury’s March decision awarding Mr. Kransky, a retired South Dakota prison guard, $8.3 million for severe and extensive injuries that he alleged stemmed from a DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant. Judge Czuleger said that sufficient evidence had been demonstrated that DePuy’s ASR hips were defectively designed. Mr. Kransky, 66, had ... Read More

Woman’s pain, itching, migraines traced to defective metal hip implant

For two years, Paula Spurlock suffered from unexplained pain, itching and migraines and no doctor could seem to find the source. It wasn’t until she underwent a PET scan that it was discovered that the all-metal hip replacement system she received in 2008 was corroding inside her body. Further studies showed that the metal-on-metal device was leeching metal ions into her bloodstream, causing a type of blood poisoning known as metallosis and triggering her unpleasant symptoms. Traditional artificial hips are made with ceramic or plastic parts. The newer, all-metal hip implants were designed so that they could last longer and ... Read More

Chicago woman sues manufacturer of metal hip replacement system

A Chicago woman is suing the maker of her all-metal hip replacement system that she claims corroded in her body triggering the growth of a football-sized tumor-like growth in her hip joint. Diana Jaras was one of about 20,000 people in the United States who were fitted with a rejuvenate or ABG2 modular hip replacement system made by Stryker Medical Devices. The implant features a titanium stem that attaches to a cobalt neck. The devices were designed to be more durable than traditional ceramic or plastic implants, however, it has since been found that metal-on-metal hip implants have a serious ... Read More

DePuy discontinues two of its hip replacement systems

DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced it will stop selling two of its less popular hip replacement systems. The company said discontinuations are not the result of safety or effectiveness concerns, and the devices were not being recalled. DePuy will discontinue both the Ultamet Metal-on-Metal Articulation and the Complete Ceramic-on-Metal Acetabular systems in August. The devices were distributed worldwide but now represent less than 1 percent of DePuy bearings sold in the United States and Europe. Physicians are now opting for artificial hips made from metal-on-polyethylene, ceramic-on-polyethylene, or ceramic-on-ceramic parts. One reason why surgeons have turned away ... Read More

Defective all-metal hip implants can poison blood of recipients

Dean Donovan’s artificial hip seemed to work just fine. The 45-year-old New Zealander had surgery six years ago to treat pain and disability. In recent years he had heard concerns about metal-on-metal hip implants, like his made by Durom. The devices were prone to failing prematurely and in some cases leeching metal ions into the blood. Patients with this type of blood poisoning reported symptoms such as fatigue and headaches. Doctors say the long-term effects are unknown but researchers say the metal debris could damage DNA and lead to serious health problems, including cancer. A few months ago, Donovan received ... Read More

AAJ asks FDA not to protect artificial hip makers from liability claims

The American Association for Justice (AAJ), a plaintiff lawyers industry group, is asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent makers of metal-on-metal hip implants from using a proposed change in the medical device approval process to protect them against liability claims. Tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of all-metal artificial hips after the devices showed a higher than expected failure rate and in some cases began corroding inside the bodies of patients, endangering their health. Traditional hip replacement systems are made with ceramic or plastic parts. But in more recent years, artificial joint manufacturers ... Read More

Woman sues metal hip implant maker for pain and suffering

Diana Jaras has a difficult time understanding what went wrong with her hip replacement. She was having problems with her hip and had to have her metal-on-metal Stryker implant replaced. She underwent revision surgery three months ago, and now walks with a cane. Diana is one of 20,000 Americans who received a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG2 Modular Hip Replacement. The devices have a titanium stem attached to a cobalt neck. The metal construction is designed to make the device more durable than traditional ceramic or plastic implants. However, it was flawed. As the metal parts of the implant rubbed together, ... Read More

Judge moves second DePuy hip bellwether trial to September

A federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving all-metal ASR hip implants made by DePuy Orthopedics has moved the second bellwether trial from June to September. Judge David Katz, who is presiding over thousands of DePuy lawsuits consolidated in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, filed a trial order on April 22 pushing back the case brought by plaintiff Ann McCracken, a 57-year-old single mother and business owner. Proceedings for the first bellwether case were scheduled to start June 3. The U.S. judicial system uses bellwether trials to represent the larger body of litigation when the number ... Read More