DePuy Hip Implant Complications
A hip replacement surgery is a complex and invasive surgery that can be very stressful for many patients. It is desirable then, that patients experience no additional trouble with their hip implant. These medical procedures should be trusted to only improve the lives of patients. Unfortunately, DePuy, hip implants used after 2003 have been recalled due to a high rate of post-surgery complications.
According to the website of the lawsuit attorneys at Williams Kherkher, common effects of defects DePuy hip implants include: bone fracture around the implant, loosening of the implant or bone, implant dislocation.
Bone fracture around the implant can occur if the bones in the surrounding area of where the implant was initially placed begin to break or crack. This can be extremely painful and although it does not occur within the implant itself, and can be caused due to a defect in the implant. A loosening of the implant or bone can occur after the operation has been completed if the implant does not stay within its initial location. This can also be a very painful experience and could lead to a difficulty walking or moving. Implant dislocating implies a complete movement of the implant. Rather than just simply coming loose, it has entirely moved from its desired location. This is painful and can require additional invasive and expensive surgery to rectify.
If you or a loved one has experienced post-surgery complications due to a DePuy hip implant, you may be entitled to certain damages. These complications can cause emotional distress as well as the increased financial burden of medical bills and lost income from time take off of work to recover. These are burdens that no one should have to handle alone. When considering a hip replacement surgery, it is also important to be educated on the potential complications and the precautions you can take to avoid them.