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Symptoms of Hip Replacement Failure

A large percentage of the patients who received the J&J/DePuy ASR and Pinnacle metal hip implants did have a normal hip replacement recovery. However, in some cases immediately after the hip replacement surgery, in other cases within the first year, they began to suffer the unique side effects of a metal hip implant. It is estimated that over 50% of all DePuy ASR implants will fail within six years of their implantation, a percentage far greater than that seen with ceramic or plastic artificial hip implants.

Friction from metal parts of the implant rubbing together releases small metal particles into the surrounding tissue and blood stream. As the amount of metallic debris accumulates in the patient, it can trigger metallosis, which is a painful, inflammatory reaction to the hip implant.

If you have a DePuy metal-on-metal hip implant, watch for the following symptoms and contact your doctor immediately to ask about your risk of contracting metallosis if you experience any of them.

  • Pain in the groin, hip or leg areas;
  • Swelling at or near the hip joint; or
  • A limp or change in walking ability.

Below, Lieff Cabraser clients who have experienced failed DePuy metal-on-metal hip implants relate the symptoms they experienced as their DePuy hip implants were failing.

Paul McCurley of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Paul experienced debilitating pain, metallosis, and impaired ability to walk.

“You just feel like you are a burden on everyone. You can’t drive or do anything.”

Kathern Hensley of Spring City, Tennessee

Kathern commented,

“The DePuy metal hip causes me constant pain. It has made it very difficult to walk. This experience has had a negative impact on the quality of my life.”

Alec MacPhail, of Danville, California

“Not long after surgery I developed squeaking in the hip joint. As time went, the pain became severe and I had to undergo revision surgery. I continue to be in pain even after my revision surgery. The faulty DePuy hip has negatively affected my ability to do my job, my family, and the activities that I had hoped to be able to do again after my original hip replacement. I was a very active guy. I thought I would be back doing all the things I wanted to do, and I haven’t been able to do them, including biking and skiing. Even getting out and walking and yard work have become almost dangerous. I think about all the time if this is something I will endure for the rest of my life.”

Annie O’Neill, of Gardiner, New York

Annie experienced severe pain, impaired ability to walk, and loud clunking sounds when she moved.

“The DePuy implant fiasco altered my life significantly. I went from an active, flexible, and tireless outdoor hiker, rock climber and nature enthusiast to a cautious, careful walker using hiking sticks to negotiate any surface or grade. I could no longer do the activities that gave me so much pleasure. To get back to the condition that allowed these activities to take place now takes effort and persistence.

After two surgeries, I have becomes timid and cautious in my approach to simple activities and ways to move. In addition the recoveries have put incredible compensatory stress on other parts of my body and caused atrophy in previously strong muscles and joints. This is not what I anticipated for an active retirement.”

Estella Wahl, of Fredericksburg, Texas

Estella experienced excrutiating pain and impaired ability to move.

“This has been a terrible experience that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. It has been a nightmare that not only stressed me out, but affected my husband, Terry, who had to endure this with me. I felt that my life was useless and I had to rely on Terry for everything. The whole experience has changed our lives.”