Patricia Sorrentino-Galello of Stratford, Connecticut has filed a product liability lawsuit against DePuy Orthopaedics for distributing a “defective product” after her hip implant failed and she required a revision surgery. This is the first lawsuit filed against DePuy in Connecticut post-recall.
DePuy Orthopaedics recalled the ASR XL Acetabular and Hip Resurfacing Systems in August 2010 in the U.S. even though their were studies in Australia and Britain several years earlier showing that the ASR hip systems had a significantly higher revision than other products.
Sorrentino-Galello’s hip-replacement implant had to be removed and a new implant installed after the DePuy implant failed only three years after it was initially installed due to an infection in the hip and high concentrations of metal found in her bloodstream. Because of the faulty design of the DePuy implant, there can be metal-on-metal rubbing which releases ions of Chromium and Cobalt into the surrounding tissue and into the blood stream which can cause serious health effects.
A revision, or re-do surgery, is a difficult surgery and is much less likely to be successful than an initial hip replacement surgery because the patient’s bone grows around or fuses to the hip implant. If the bone mass is damaged, the surgery is even more difficult.
The product liability lawsuit names DePuy Orthopaedics, Johnson & Johnson and Milford Hospital as defendants in the case.
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