DePuy Hip Q&A
Below are some answers to common questions about the recalled DePuy artificial hip. Still have questions about your situation? Contact us today and we’ll do our best to answer them.
Why are these hip replacements being recalled?
For failing at rates more than double (and by some indications, far greater than double) the rate other hip replacement systems are failing.
How do I know if I have a DePuy hip replacement being recalled?
Contact your physician or the hospital where your surgery was performed.
How do I know if my hip is failing?
Regular testing, including imaging of the hip and blood ion levels, should be completed by your doctors. This is true regardless of your symptoms, but should be of special concern if you are suffering symptoms (including pain, swelling, difficulty walking, etc.).
I’m asymptomatic, what should I do?
Contact your doctor for an examination of your hip and blood ion levels. The BHS and BOA recomends that asymptomatic patients with satisfactory test results be followed up with annual appointments. If you don’t have any adverse symptoms, but tests show component wear, loosening, or elevated blood ion levels, testing should be repeated every 2-6 months, with a careful evaluation of the implant for deterioration.
Also, consider speaking with a lawyer. Why?
Because statutes of limitations (in many areas just two years) may run out.
Pain may be centralized at the joint or be felt in the leg, lower back, or elsewhere. Pain may be general and constant, or may occur specifically during movement (walking, sitting, standing, etc.).
Popping, clicking, grinding, or crunching sounds; unusual noises are often heard during movement of joint.
Like pain, swelling may appear at the location of the implant or in the groin area surrounding the implant. Immediately after recovery, some inflammation is to be expected, but after recovery has occurred, unexplained swelling at the joint can be cause for concern.
Weakness is often noted by patients who are having trouble walking or moving; some patients described having to lift their leg into position with their arms, having difficulty in starting a movement, or feeling the joint is not in place or is going out of place (sensation of dislocation).
Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, or headache. Increased levels of metal ions in the blood (from metal shed off the implant) can affect the heart, nerves, thyroid gland, and kidneys, causing such symptoms as chest pain, shortness of breath, numbness, fatigue, vertigo, memory loss, changes in vision or hearing, tinnitus, changes in urination, and other symptoms.
Issues & Injuries
Some of the issues and injuries associated with the ASR hip include:
Loosening of the implant
The metal components of the implanted device may loosen from the bone in which it’s impanted.
Loosening of the joint
The cup and ball of the joint may loosen as a result of edge-loading or uneven wear, positioning, or for no immediately discernable cause.
Beyond simply loosening, the ball may become misaligned from or completely pulled out of the cup. Tendons may be ruptured.
An increased fracture rate of the femur is considered one of the factors that held the ASR resurfacing device back from achieving FDA approval.
Infection may arise from a variety of causes.
Metal debris injuries
Metallosis, ALVAL, “metal poisoning,” and a host of other names describe the injures caused by metal debris sloughed off these metal-on-metal hip implants.
DePuy says it will pay my costs, do I need a lawyer?
First, it’s important to note that you can speak with Lee Free, with no obligation, about your case and the unique aspects that may affect the outcome.
Second, DePuy’s interest are in limiting their costs. Their version of “reasonable costs” may vary widely from yours and your family’s.
Finally, most law firms take cases on a contigency basis, meaning no money is required out-of-pocket from you; instead, attorneys take their fee from costs recovered.
To sum up, there is nothing to loose and everything to gain by contacting Lee free before signing anything with DePuy. Call Lee Free at 1-412-781-0525
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