If you are the recipient of a replacement hip, you have likely heard about the DePuy hip implant recall. The recall, which affects the ASR Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, was issued in August 2010 after DePuy acknowledged that their ASR units fail at a rate twice the industry average. As a result, many ASR recipients have required a second “revision” surgery to replace the faulty unit they originally received.
In fact, 1 in 8 patients will require revision surgery within the first five years of receiving a new hip. It is estimated that approximately 93,000 patients overall received an ASR device, and that 10,000 or so will need revision surgery.
No doubt you are wondering whether you will be among those requiring a revision surgery. DePuy has instructed patients to contact their orthopedic surgeon (or the hospital where the hip replacement procedure was done, if you can’t remember your surgeon’s name). Furthermore, the company insists that you get checked out by your doctors even if you are not experiencing painful side effects.
Of course, if you are experiencing pain and discomfort, you will want to determine whether your DePuy replacement hip is defective as soon as possible. If you experience any of the symptoms below, you should not hesitate to schedule the necessary testing with your surgeon
* Unexplained hip, thigh, or groin pain
* Pain while walking
* Pain when rising from a seated position
* Pain when bearing weight
Any of the preceding symptoms could be a sign that your ASR hip is defective, meaning it could be failing in one of the following ways:
* The implant is loose (because it is not attached to the bone)
* The implant is dislocated (because the moving parts are no longer aligned)
* Your hip bone is fractured
DePuy has pledged to cover the cost of necessary testing and treatment, including revision surgery, for those patients affected by the DePuy hip implant recall. However, the company has yet to state how (or indeed, if) they will reimburse patients for non-monetary losses such as pain and suffering, which could be considerable if revision surgery is necessary. In order to receive full financial reparations, you may wish to seek hip replacement defect lawsuit help from a law firm that specializes in medical product liability cases.
If you need more information about the lawsuit visit the DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit Resource Center.