Behind every metal-on-metal (MoM) artificial hip that fails, there is a person and a story. Artificial hip manufacturers may see only a faceless crowd of victims. These defendant companies may attempt to resolve the claims in bulk and move on to market the next blockbuster medical device. But in that crowd of plaintiffs are thousands of individuals uniquely injured by a product that was implanted in their bodies. The product failure often requires revision surgery, and the injuries that result from the artificial hip failures change lives forever: accomplished tennis players no longer play tennis; couples no longer travel or walk together on a beach; others have to resign from jobs they love because they cannot sit a desk for any length of time. Each of these people has a unique story to tell.
In the next three posts, I will share one woman’s story. “Suzanne” [not her real name] received the Depuy ASR MoM artificial hip in 2006 after years of pain from arthritis. The ASR hip was recalled in 2010, and Suzanne was forced to undergo revision surgery in 2011. This is her story: