More middle-aged Americans are opting to undergo hip replacement surgeries despite the health risks alleged in thousands of cases filed after the DePuy ASR recall, Stryker hip recall and over an implant named in DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit filings, the Star Tribune reports.

According to a recent examination of data taken from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than double the amount of individuals between 45 and 64 years old underwent hip replacement procedures between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, a total of 52,333 patients out 157,000 hip or knee recipients were younger than 65, compared to an estimated 430,000 patients who received artificial hip implants ten years later. Almost triple the amount of recipients fell into the younger demographic, the September 18th article states.

Given the wave of recent recalls that have since prompted hundreds of Stryker lawsuit filings and DePuy ASR cases, not to mention an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involving artificial hips, the fact that younger patients are choosing to undergo the controversial procedure may seem somewhat surprising.

Stryker Recall, DePuy ASR Hip Recall Spurs Lawsuits

On July 6, 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics removed 20,000 Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems from the market after they were shown to fret and corrode at the modular-neck junction. At least 600 Stryker recall cases have since been filed, according to court documents. Before that, DePuy Orthopaedics recalled its ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement in August 2010 after a United Kingdom hip registry showed excessively high failure rates in recipients of the device. Between 12 and 13 percent of individuals implanted with the device reported experiencing early hip failure complications at that time. Recent estimates show that 40 percent of hips have failed early.

As of September 2013, approximately 11,500 DePuy ASR lawsuit claims had been filed in U.S. courts, many of which are currently pending in a federal multidistrict litigation established in the Northern District of Ohio. These lawsuits similarly allege that the device may cause pain, swelling, metallosis and other injuries that often require revision surgery to correct. Plaintiffs involved in these cases further allege that cobalt and chromium poisoning may also stem from use of the implants.

Similar actions have been filed over a metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system that includes an Ultamet liner. Although the device has not been recalled, its manufacturer announced its decision in May to phase out its all-metal hip devices, including the Pinnacle.

Filing a Stryker Lawsuit, DePuy ASR Recall Claim, or DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit

If you received any of the above metal hip devices and experienced complications, you may be eligible to seek compensation for damages. Call an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to learn more at (877) 779-1414.

Published October 9, 2013 by