If you are someone who had hip replacement surgery in 2003 or after, you need to determine whether you have a recalled DePuy ASR Hip Implant. This is very important because DePuy Orthopaedics recently recalled the DEPUY ASR XL ACETABULAR HIP SYSTEM and DEPUY ASR HIP RESURFACING SYSTEM worldwide.
The best way to determine whether you have a recalled DePuy Hip Implant is to contact your doctor and schedule an appointment to see the surgeon who installed your hip implant. There are other devices and systems that have been manufactured by Depuy that have not been recalled such as the metal Pinnacle Acetabular cup which the recalled ASR acetabular cup was modeled after. To the extent the patient is experiencing problems with a non-recalled device, the patient should evaluate and look to see if there is a failure with the non-recalled device.
Once Depuy Orthopaedics announced this ASR hip implant recall, they contacted all surgeons who used the recalled DePuy Hip Implant. Once any surgeons received notification, they should have contacted you to notify you of this recall and the fact that you received a recalled DePuy Hip Implant.
If you received a Hip Implant since 2003 but have not been notified by your surgeon, you should still contact your surgeon’s office to determine whether you did receive the DePuy Hip Implant Device that was recalled and discuss whether you should have metal ion testing. If the device you have is similar to the recalled ASR hip implant device and it is a true metal on metal device, ie. metal femoral head with metal acetabular cup without a plastic liner, then you should further talk to your surgeon about the potential consequences of your hip implant.
If you have one of the recalled DePuy ASR Hip Implants, then your surgeon will have to examine you to see if you have any negative symptoms associated with the Defective Hip Implant. If for some reason you are unable to make it to your surgeon’s office, the surgeon’s office should be able to inform you if the recalled DePuy Hip Implant device was used in your hip surgery over the phone or via mail.
Another way to determine whether you have the recalled DePuy Hip Implant is through a medical device ID card. This may be been provided to you in order to assist you in getting through X-ray security screenings. Many of these cards actually list the specific make and model of the hip implant that you were provided in your hip surgery. The exact hip implants that DePuy recalled are:
DEPUY ASR XL ACETABULAR HIP SYSTEM
DEPUY ASR HIP RESURFACING SYSTEM
If you are unable to find out whether or not you have the Recalled Depuy Hip Implant with the above ways, you can also obtain a copy of your medical records. You have a right to obtain a copy of your medical records from the hospital where you had your Hip Implant surgery. In order to get a copy of your medical records, you will have to execute a medical authorization form. The crucial parts of your medical records you will need to determine whether you have the recalled DePuy Hip Implant are the operative reports and the surgical implant records. These two parts of your medical records are more likely than not to have what specific make and model hip implant that you received.
If you or a loved one has received the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System or DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and have experienced some type of hip pain, additional hip surgery, some type of failure with your hip replacement, you may want to contact CSS Firm for a free case evaluation and consultation. Our experienced team of hip implant lawyers will work closely with you to obtain all the necessary medical records and information you need an assist you in making more informed decisions about your legal rights.
A partner with Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC, Richard Schlueter has spent his career representing individuals and families who have been harmed as the result of wrongful conduct by others. Recently, Richard was selected for inclusion into the Nation’s Top 1 percent of lawyers by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC).