Posted on: February 8, 2010
If underwent hip replacement surgery within the last decade, you are likely anxious over the news about the recent DePuy hip recall. The first thing you will want to do is make an appointment with your physician to discover if your implant was one of the products affected by the recall. Many patients with the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System experience implant failure within the first three to five years of replacement surgery. Usually, symptoms such as pain, inflammation around the hip, a clicking sound, instability or a feeling that something is out of place, may present themselves though some victims have no symptoms at all.
Blood poisoning is one of the major health concerns surrounding this recall because the product has been releasing small metal ions into the body. This can eventually cause damage to small tissues and even lead to the development of cysts on bone and organs. A blood test can often reveal whether you have elevated levels of chromium or cobalt in your system.
Your physician will be able to help you determine whether a second, revision surgery is necessary in your case. This correctional surgery is more intensive and often requires a longer recovery period than your first surgery, and your doctor may not recommend it unless your overall health is good and they believe your body can withstand another surgery. Unfortunately, a failed implant can only be corrected with surgery.
In addition to consulting with your doctor, you will also want to speak with a DePuy hip recall lawyer who can make sure that your legal rights are protected. You can bet that DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, will try to minimize their payout to all the victims of this product recall. As a South Carolina personal injury lawyer , I make sure that my clients are not just compensated for their medical bills but also their pain and suffering, and lost wages.