Last August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced that they will be recalling their products, specifically the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, and the ASR XL Acetabular System. This resulted from findings stating that the hip devices had a high failure rate of 12%, and that 1 in every 8 DePuy hip implant recipients will have to undergo a revision surgery. When DePuy stopped the production and manufacture of their ASR devices, over 93,000 units have already been sold in the United States alone.
The consequences of a hip replacement surgery with a defective implant are serious. The following are some of the complications that can arise from a malfunctioning hip prosthesis:
- Chronic/persistent pain
- Decreased mobility
- Tissue swelling
- Leg dislocation and asymmetry
- Loosening of the implant
- Cardiomyopathies or heart ailments
- Nervous system disorders
- Metal toxicity
- Permanent disability
An individual may exhibit signs and symptoms different from others, because there are many factors that contribute to the onset of complications, such as age, lifestyle, heredity, stress level and preexisting disorders. Still, if you experience anything unusual, you should consult your doctor immediately. You might be advised to undergo a couple of tests, such as blood work and imaging exams to rule out the presence of any abnormalities.
Nevertheless, the DePuy recall should not make you feel powerless. Your rights were violated; hence, you deserve to claim the compensatory damages. After all, you are legally entitled to receive compensation. Ask your hip recall lawyer about it.