A WOMAN was left ‘practically housebound’ after a faulty replacement hip began poisoning her.
Eileen Lloyd, a mother of two from Hillmorton, was one of 10,000 people left immobilised and in severe pain when a DePuy hip replacement began leaking metal particles into her blood.
She is now taking legal action against the company that made the joint.
She had the operation in 2008 and began to suffer severe pain, a problem that puzzled doctors while she struggled to stick to a physiotherapy course. It was not until 2010 that she received a letter telling her DePuy had recalled stocks of the joint.
Mrs Lloyd, a retired auxiliary nurse, said: “I w
as in such extreme pain after the surgery, I had to take very strong painkillers every day which meant I was drowsy and unable to do anything.”
The DePuy hip has also caused muscle and tissue damage which is causing my on-going symptoms.”
The metal-on-metal hips grind against each other wearing the surfaces away and releasing particles into the blood stream. In some cases the metal cap attached to the femur can come loose, resulting in a bone fracture or total dislocation of the ball from the socket.
She added: “I used to love going shopping with my daughter but now I’m practically housebound, I try and avoid walking as much as possible as it causes me so much pain. All the things I loved to do have been taken away from me and I need help with such basic tasks like washing myself.
“The whole ordeal has left me feeling very low.”
In May 2011, after waiting six months, Eileen finally had revision surgery but this was not the end of her problems. Six weeks later her hip dislocated when leaning forward to pick something up, a common flaw with DePuy hips. After having it put back into place under general anaesthetic she was extremely cautious when moving around but despite this it dislocated again a few weeks later which called for another general anaesthetic.
Nisha Sharma, partner at solicitors Russell Jones & Walker, who is representing the family, advised people who have had hip replacements between 2003 and 2011 to contact their GP if they are experiencing problems.
She said: “Some DePuy patients like Eileen have already received letters advising them of the make and model of their hip but there are still many patients who have no idea about the issue. I would advise anyone who thinks that they have DePuy hip to get in touch with their surgeon or GP straight away.”