Product News and Recalls

All-metal hip failure incapacitates woman

A story from the U.K.’s “Manchester Evening News” tells the story of a 57-year-old mother of two who spent months unable to work or leave her house because of a DePuy all-metal artificial hip implant.

Sally Gration, 57, underwent hip replacement surgery in February 2006 to treat hip dysplasia, or a malformed hip joint.

Initially, the surgery appeared to be successful. But she began suffering excruciating pain in 2010 – the year that DePuy recalled that model of artificial hip because of its high early failure rate and tendency to shed toxic metal debris in patients’ bodies.

The report said she suffered two sudden hip dislocations that left her “writhing in agony.”

Eventually, she needed to have the all-metal hip removed entirely and replaced with a ceramic model. She still hasn’t recovered enough to resume working.

The report quotes Gration as saying: “I started to suffer pains while bending and I knew I was in trouble. When I had my hip removed I thought I was facing life in a wheelchair. Fortunately I found a good surgeon who was prepared to do the reconstructive surgery. My recovery has been slow and frustrating and I’m still not right. My mobility is restricted but hopefully it will improve.”

If you’ve received an all-metal hip implant, you should consult with a doctor if you have any ongoing symptoms or health concerns. If you have significant injuries, you should also consult with a DePuy hip lawyer familiar with the case to discuss your legal rights.

See the story here:

http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1585910_bramhall-mum-sues-over-hip-replacement-that–left-her-in-living-hell