Symptoms Of A Failing Replacement Hip

If you are the recipient of a replacement hip, you have likely heard about the DePuy hip implant recall. The recall was for the ASR products from DePuy and was issued on August 2010, having an above-normal failure rate. Because of that, the patients needed another surgery to replace and correct the mistakes of the ASR implants.

According to reports, 1 in 8 patients will need revision surgery within 5 years after the receiving the ASR.   There were about 93,000 patients who got the ASR, which means that about 10,000 will need another surgery.

No doubt you are wondering whether you will be among those requiring a revision surgery.   DePuy suggests that you contact your doctor and ask what kind of hip implant you received. Furthermore, the company insists that you get checked out by your doctors even if you are not experiencing painful side effects.  

If you are feeling something odd, it is very important that you find out of a defective hip implant is to be blamed.   If you feel any of the following symptoms, see the doctor right away.

  • Thigh, hip, or groin pain
  • Pain while walking
  • Pain when rising from a seated position
  • Bearing weight causes pain

The symptoms mentioned above could indicate a defective hip implant, which means that it is failing in one of the following ways:

  • The implant is loose (because it is not attached to the bone)
  • The implant is dislocated due the misalignment of the moving parts
  • There is a fracture in your hip bone

DePuy promised to cover for the costs of testing and treatment, even for revision surgery for the affected patents. However, the company has yet to state how (or indeed, if) they will reimburse patients for non-monetary losses such as pain and suffering, which could be considerable if revision surgery is necessary.   In order to get the financial assistance you deserve, seek legal counsel from a law firm who specializes in cases like this.

Keep updated about the lawsuit through the Hip Replacement Recall Website.