Depuy Hip Implant Symptoms and Causes

Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina

If your DePuy hip implant is defective, you will likely develop:

  • Symptoms of metallosis and/or
  • Symptoms of a defective implant

Symptoms of Metallosis

The friction of the metal components in your hip implant put you at risk for developing “metallosis,” a condition that involves toxic levels of metal debris in your body. Symptoms of metallosis include:

  • Heightened levels of metal ions in your blood
  • Pain around your hip implant
  • Inflamed cells that look like tumors
  • A grayish discoloration of the skin or a rash around your hip implant

Symptoms of a Defective DePuy Hip Implant

If you do not develop symptoms of metallosis, the metal debris gathering in your soft tissue may still cause your DePuy hip implant to fail.  Symptoms of a defective or failed hip implant include:

  • Hip, groin, or joint pain
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty walking
  • Difficulty bearing weight
  • Pain in shifting from sitting down to standing
  • Hip dislocation
  • Bone fractures in the bones attached to your implant

It is important to call your doctor with concerns about your hip implant even if you have not yet experienced adverse symptoms. The metal debris from the deteriorating hip replacement can collect over time and your body may react once the levels become toxic. Your doctor will likely perform blood tests to determine whether there are traces of metal in the soft tissue around your hip implant.

Experienced DePuy Hip Implant Recall Attorneys

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above after a DePuy hip replacement surgery, call your doctor to undergo testing. Keep track of every expense associated with your symptoms, including missed work, doctor visits, related travel expenses, medical tests, and - if applicable - revision surgery. Our experienced Greenville DePuy hip implant attorneys will use this information to build a strong case that proves DePuy's defective hip implant was responsible for your injuries and losses. We have the resources, experience, and proven legal strategies you need to fight and win against large corporations like DePuy Orthopaedics. 

Johnson & Johnson / DePuy have announced their intention “to cover reasonable and customary costs of treatment if you need services associated with the recall of ASR, including revision surgery if it is necessary.” Our attorneys will work with you to hold the company to its word, and to make sure your rights are protected.

If you are suffering symptoms of implant failure or metallosis after your DePuy hip replacement surgery, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. today to schedule a free case evaluation. We represent injured victims of defective medical devices throughout Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina.