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Patients Sue over Hip Implants

Posted By Houston Personal Injury Attorney || 7-Feb-2011

Five hip replacement patients have filed suit against DePuy Orthopaedics, saying the devices had defects and that DuPuy knew of the defects and did nothing about them.

DePuy issued a worldwide recall of the ASR XL Acetabular System, a hip socket used in traditional hip replacement, last summer. The ASR Hip Resurfacing System, a system that fits a metal cap on corrupted ball of the femur, was only not fully approved in the United States.

Reports say that smaller patients faced a higher risk - perhaps as much as a 15-18% failure rate - than average height patients. The lawsuit says the cap allegedly releases dangerous cobalt and chromium into the bloodstream. There is also a belief that other complications may be linked to the DePuy hip implant and the metal entering patients' bloodstreams.

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