Have you or a loved one had hip replacement surgery in the past 11 years? If so, you may have received a recalled hip implant. DePuy Orthopaedics recently announced that all ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip Systems and ASR™ Hip Resurfacing Systems implanted since July 2003 have been recalled.
The problems associated with the recall include:
- Loosening of the hardware leading to incorrect positioning of the implant;
- Fracture of bones around the implant;
- Dislocation and misalignment of the implant’s pieces;
- Degeneration of the implant’s metal components, leaving microscopic particles which cause fluid to collect in the joint and muscles around the joint in some patients. The company notes, “if left untreated, this reaction may cause pain and swelling around the joint and could damage some of the muscles, bones, and nerves around the hip.”
Symptoms and injuries associated with this recall include:
- Problems walking
While such symptoms are normal when recovering from hip replacement surgery, if they recur or fail to go away within a reasonable amount of time, it is possible that you will need “revision” hip replacement surgery. If you have received either of the recalled DePuy products, you should seek further testing and receive follow-up monitoring for five years to ensure that you do not need surgery in order to experience complete recovery. DePuy has offered to cover some of the expenses related to the recall, but their offer may not cover all of the costs related to the treatment and replacement of their defective product.
If you believe you are affected by this recall, contact the DePuy Hip Recall Personal Injury Attorneys of the Ruth Law Team at 1-888-SteveRuth (1-888-783-8378) to learn more and ensure you receive both the treatment and the financial compensation you deserve!