Hip replacement recall lawsuits are being filed by people nationwide because of serious problems such as breakage and wear. Victims of defective hip implants often have to have the implants replaced and many have further injuries caused by the defective implants, not to mention extreme pain and sometimes disability experienced while the defective implant is still inside the body.
2000 Sulzer Orthopedics Recall
The Sulzer implants were not breaking, but they were not bonding properly with the pelvic bone and the result was building up of scar tissue and for some it even caused bone loss. The defective implants were sold as early as 1997. Although patients with the defective hip implants typically started experiencing painful symptoms within six months of their surgeries, the implants were not recalled until December, 2000.
The problem with the implant was a lubricant used in the manufacturing problem. This oil was not supposed to be in or on the implants when they were placed in the body but it had leaked onto them during manufacturing and seeped into their pores. After the implants were surgically placed, the oil prevented proper bonding.
2001 Component Failure Affected Eight Companies
In 2001, hip implants made by eight different companies were affected because they contained zirconia ceramic femoral head components made by a French company called St. Gobain. The component, reportedly, would crack suddenly in some patients. Sometimes it made an audible “pop” when it cracked. The parts were sold as early as 1998. Companies affected included:
- Apex Surgical
- Biomet Inc.
- DePuy Orthopaedics Inc
- Encore Orthopedics Inc.
- Osteoimplant Technology Inc.
- Smith & Nephew
- Stryker Howmedica Osteonics
- Zimmer Inc.
Stryker was hit again in 2008 recalling the Trident Acetabular PSL Cup and the Trident Hemispherical Cup. Complaints about these products started in early 2005 and included:
- Parts that broke off
- Parts that wore unevenly
- Extreme pain
- Squeaky joints
- Improper fit leading to bone fractures
If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured by a defective hip implant, please call or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, in most cases we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.