What you should do if you have a hip implant in the wake of the DePuy recall

On August 24, 2010, DePuy Orthopedic, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson issued a recall of ASR XL Acetabular System, a hip socket used in hip replacements, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System.

If you or a family member had a hip implant or resurfacing procedure since 2003, you should take the following steps as your health could be affected:seattle depuy hip recall lawyer

  1. Determine what kind of hip implant you had – contact your orthopedic surgeon or the hospital where your surgery was performed to determine if your implant was involved in the DePuy Hip Recall.
  2. Determine whether your hip was one of the Defective Hip Implant Devices recalled – The DePuy Hip Recall involves all of the devices  used in DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.’s ASR™ XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing Platform. Read “How do I know if I have a DePuy Hip Implant?
  3. Determine whether you have any adverse health effects due to your hip implant — The DePuy Hip implant effects people in varying degrees. You should consult your physician so that he/she can do some baseline tests which may include blood tests for cobalt or chromium and also xrays or scans of your hip. Symptoms of a hip implant failure may include broken bones, pain, infection, inflammation, hip joint and hip joint dislocation. Symptoms of metal poisoning from cobalt or chromium is called metallosis Read What does a metallosis diagnosis mean? for more information about the symptoms of metallosis.

Answers to your Questions:

  • How many people are effected by this recall? Up to 12,000 people who received a hip implant manufactured by DePuy may now require a 2nd surgery to replace their hip replacement. A study published by Dr. Steven S. Tower, M.D., in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American) estimates that’s 1 out of every 8 hip replacement patients of 93,000 with the DePuy device will require a revision surgery.
  • Should I seek the advice of a Personal Injury or Product Liability Lawyer? Every patient who has undergone a hip replacement surgery with a defective implant is an individual. At The Farber Law Group, we will ensure that your rights are protected, that you receive top notch medical care and that you receive compensation for your medical costs, loss of income and for pain and suffering.
  • What if a DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. representative contacts me? The Farber Law Group advises you not to speak with an agent of DePuy Orthopaedics or their parent company, Johnson & Johnson. And, you should not sign any documents without first consulting with a personal injury attorney to ensure your rights are protected.

The DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implants have placed thousands of patients at risk for a myriad of medical complications both in the present and in the future. Hip replacement surgery is both painful and expensive and it involves a hospital stay and lengthy rehabilitation. If a defective hip implant has affected your health, you deserve compensation.

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