DePuy hip replacement recall FAQs: Essential answers
The muscles and tissue in your hip could die. The bone where the implant is located could die. Your heart could stop functioning properly. You could experience kidney failure, bladder cancer, dementia, hearing loss, and/or vision loss because shards of toxic metal are released by the hip implant – even if it’s otherwise working properly.
How do I know if I have one of the recalled parts?
You or your doctor might have received a notice in the mail, saying that your hip implant was part of the recall. However, for various reasons, you may not have received a notice. So, contact the surgeon who performed your procedure. Or, you can call The DiCello Law Firm for the best legal advice – they will also help you find if you have one of the recalled parts. The ASRTM XL Acetabular System and the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System devices were produced and implanted in patients between July 2003 and the December 2009. If you had metal-on-metal hip replacement surgery during that time you may have received a DePuy hip implant.
How do I find out if the recalled part is causing my pain?
You will need a series of tests, including imaging and blood tests, to some surgical recovery discomfort is normal. However, if you think your pain is abnormal or begins occurring months or years after your recovery period has ended see your doctor as soon as possible. Also, speak up! Let the doctor know exactly what kind of pain and discomfort you are experiencing. Some patients have described the pain as a strong burning radiating from the inflamed site. Others have cited groin pain, difficulty walking, numbness and aching. The best and only way to find out if your DePuy implant is causing your pain is to have blood tests and x-rays taken at your physician’s office.
What are the symptoms of a malfunctioning part?
- Pain/Swelling in the hip, groin, leg or lower back
- Audible clicking or crunching sounds coming from the hip device
- Cup Loosening / Feeling of Joint Dislocation
- Difficulty Walking
- Decline in Physical Abilities
- Infections / Fever
- Elevated Levels of Cobalt and Chromium in the Bloodstream
What is it about the implant that is causing my pain?
The release of metal particles. As the metal-on-metal fixtures move against one another they shed tiny pieces of metal. These tiny pieces enter the blood stream and cause the tissue to die.
What is revision surgery?
Revision surgery is the term given to a second hip replacement surgery necessitated by the failure of the first implant. Properly installed and functioning hip replacement systems should last 15 years or more. The recalled DePuy hip replacement parts have required revisionary surgery anywhere from 1 to 5 years after implantation.
What if I still have problems after my revision surgery?
Multiple surgeries can be taxing on the human body. Replacement of the defective part will be done with the aim of improving the patient’s well being. However, stress, time lost, and a decline in performance are difficult to document financially. Damages assessed in a mass tort may help with these difficult to assess issues for which DePuy has not otherwise volunteered to compensate.
Who is going to pay for all the problems I am having with my hip replacement?
DePuy will pay — if you get a good attorney who knows how to handle these kinds of lawsuits. DePuy may call you and act like your friend. Don’t be fooled. They’re only interested in limiting the amount that they pay you. A qualified attorney is essential to getting the fairness and justice you deserve. Don’t try to handle this yourself.
If DePuy says it will cover the costs, what is the point of participating in a lawsuit?
Statistically, a good lawyer will return more compensation to you than you can by yourself. The point is: you are entitled to justice and fairness. In our civil court system, that is measured in terms of dollars and cents. In other words, you are entitled to all the fairness, all the dollars and cents that the law will allow. A lawsuit directed by experienced, tough and tested legal counsel is the only way you will get it.
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By Mark DiCello