DePuy Recall Frequently Asked Questions

If you have had a total hip implant or a hip resurfacing procedure since approximately July 2003, then the prosthetic components of your hip may be subject to the current recall.  DePuy has now recalled all of its ASR XL Acetabular Hip Systems and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems in the United States and overseas.  Below are some frequently asked questions and answers regarding this recall.

 

 Which Devices Have Been Recalled?

DePuy has recalled all of its ASR XL Acetabular Hip Systems and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems.  These systems feature a metal acetabulum, or hip socket, and a metal cup or ball.  These devices have been used since approximately July 2003.

 How Do I Determine Whether I Have a Recalled Implant?

DePuy does not keep a record of the individuals who have received their ASR XL Acetabular Hip Systems or ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems.  It is possible that your orthopaedic surgeon may inform you that you have received one of the recalled devices. 

If you are uncertain about whether or not you have received one of the recalled implants, The Gomez Law Firm can help you.

What Are The Dangers Associated With the Recalled DePuy Implants?

The recalled DePuy hip implant systems feature a metal acetabulum, or hip socket, and a metal cup or ball.  Currently, it is unclear what serious, long-term health effects could result from the use of these types of metal on metal hip implants.  Patients who have received metal on metal hip implant systems have reported numerous medical complications, including popping, grinding, pain, infection and lack of mobility.  Many patients have reported the growth of cyst-like formations, or tissue masses, under the surface of the skin.  When biopsied by medical professionals, these cysts and the surrounding soft tissue have been found to contain high levels of metal ions.

Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has warned that metal on metal hip implants can produce metal shavings.  This metal debris forms when the metal socket and the metal ball of the hip implant come into contact.  The agency says this metal debris can kill soft tissue in the body and adversely impact the effects of a hip revision surgery.

Moreover, Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has set forth specific recommendations for those patients who have had metal on metal hip implants.  First, these patients should be monitored at least every five years or more frequently if they have pain or other symptoms.  Second, patients who have received metal on metal hip implants should be monitored for high cobalt and chromium ion levels in their bloodstreams.  Finally, if these patients develop soft tissue reactions, fluid collections or tissue masses, physicians should consider revision surgery.  The agency reached developed these recommendations after consulting with orthopaedic surgeons and considering information provided by the National Joint Registry for England and Wales.

I Have Been Asked to Establish a Claim With DePuy, What Do I Do?

If you have received either of the recalled DePuy hip implant systems, you may be asked to contact DePuy to establish a claim.  You are not required to file a claim with DePuy to pursue your legal rights. 

In some cases, DePuy is offering to pay some portion of a revision surgery expense.  However, DePuy will not pay medical expenses in all cases.  In addition, the amount covered by DePuy is limited to what DePuy independently determines is reasonable.  DePuy will not compensate you for your lost wages, your pain and suffering or your future medical needs. 

However, in stark contrast, the law allows you to seek the total billed amount of your medical treatment, the full amount of your lost wages, the total value of your future medical needs, as well as pain and suffering damages.

I Have Been Asked to Sign a Release, What Do I Do?

You should not sign any documents purporting to release DePuy from its legal responsibilities.  Contact The Gomez Law Firm, and protect your legal rights.

I Need Revision Surgery, What Do I Do?

If you have been told that you require revision surgery, contact The Gomez Law Firm today to protect your legal rights.  DePuy has asked hospitals and health care providers to give DePuy removed implant and tissue samples. 

At The Gomez Law Firm, we have protocols in place to protect your legal rights during your revision surgery.  We will ensure that DePuy does not deprive you of your right to maintain possession of valuable evidence in your case.  We will fight DePuy for you, always putting your interests first.

I Don’t Know if I Need Revision Surgery, What Do I Do?

Contact The Gomez Law Firm today to protect your legal rights.  In addition, contact your orthopaedic surgeon to determine whether a revision surgery is medically necessary.

I Have Tissue Masses or Other Lumps on My Body, What Do I Do?

These tissue masses or lumps may be caused by the recalled DePuy hip implant systems.

The recalled DePuy hip implant systems feature a metal acetabulum, or hip socket, and a metal cup or ball.  Currently, it is unclear what serious, long-term health effects could result from the use of these types of metal on metal hip implants.  Patients who have received metal on metal hip implant systems have reported numerous medical complications, including popping, grinding, pain, infection and lack of mobility.  Many patients have reported the growth of cyst-like formations, or tissue masses, under the surface of the skin.  When biopsied by medical professionals, these cysts and the surrounding soft tissue have been found to contain high levels of metal ions.

Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has warned that metal on metal hip implants can produce metal shavings.  This metal debris forms when the metal socket and the metal ball of the hip implant come into contact.  The agency says this metal debris can kill soft tissue in the body and adversely impact the effects of a hip revision surgery.

Moreover, Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has set forth specific recommendations for those patients who have had metal on metal hip implants.  First, these patients should be monitored at least every five years or more frequently if they have pain or other symptoms.  Second, patients who have received metal on metal hip implants should be monitored for high cobalt and chromium ion levels in their bloodstreams.  Finally, if these patients develop soft tissue reactions, fluid collections or tissue masses, physicians should consider revision surgery.  The agency reached developed these recommendations after consulting with orthopaedic surgeons and considering information provided by the National Joint Registry for England and Wales.

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