As a former “poster lady” for DePuy Orthopaedics, Penny Brown used to enjoy a high-flying lifestyle – including glamorous speaking engagements in places like Monte Carlo. Now, the former gymnast is concerned she might have to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair, due to a faulty hip implant she received eight years ago.
Brown is one of 300 people in the U.K. suing the Warsaw, Indiana-based company, after the company recalled two of its hip replacement products in 2010. Since then, scores of people in both the U.S. and U.K. have come forward, alleging that the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System have caused agonizing and life-altering pain.
We’ve been following this story closely over the past year, and have watched with great concern as the corrective surgery rates for both products have skyrocketed. At first, DePuy claimed a failure rate of 13 percent. Then came a disturbing study from the National Joint Registry for England and Wales, which claimed that a whopping 29 percent of ASR patients required reconstructive surgeries. I suspect that the final number might be much higher.
The big problem with DePuy’s metal-on-metal “ball and cup” designs is that the friction generated between the two pieces tends to produce tiny shards of metal. The shards then get in the bloodstream, which puts patients at severe risk of metal poisoning.
Symptoms of Cobalt poisoning may include:
- Kidney Failure
- Thyroid problems
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Vision Problems
If you think you or a loved one is experiencing metal poisoning, or problems with a DePuy hip implant, I would urge you to seek legal advice immediately.