DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of the popular Johnson & Johnson, has just recalled their ASR Hip Implant System used in hip replacement surgeries. The recall comes after “more people than expected” are requiring additional surgery to correct chronic pain and other complications resulting from the ASR system.
Why are DePuy Hip Implants Being Recalled?
DePuy is recalling the implants because reports suggest they are not functioning properly for the correct amount of time, are causing chronic pain, and in many cases, additional surgery. Some published data has shown that 5 years after implantation, 1 out of every 8 implant recipients required revision surgery due to metal particles that were wearing off of the ball and socket components of the implant as they rubbed against eachother over time.
These particles may cause fluid to build up in the muscles surrounding the joint. Over time, significant damage could be done to the muscles, bones, and nerves around the hip.
How do I know if I am Suffering from a Defective Implant?
Hip Replacement surgery comes with an average recovery time of 4-6 weeks. In that time, you will experience pain and discomfort, some patients more extreme than others, simply based on their own physical make-up.
Normal Symptoms after hip replacement surgery include swelling and difficulty walking, sitting, or navigating stairs. If these symptoms go away in a timely fashion but return, or never go away at all, it could be a sign that your hip implant may have a problem. Chronic pain following hip replacement surgery could be a sign of one of the following:
-Loosening of the implant, meaning it is not remaining attached to the bone on the right position;
-Fracture, meaning the bone surrounding the implant has broken; or
-Dislocation, meaning that the two parts of the implant that move against eachother are no longer aligned.
I Think my Hip Implant may be Defective, What Now?
If you believe that you have received a hip implant manufactured by DePuy, contact the orthopaedic surgeon that performed your procedure. He or she can check your medical records to see who manufactured your implant.
If it was in fact DePuy, contact a defective products and product liability attorney at the Mininno Law Office.
Please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
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