If you are involved in a hip replacement recall, or maybe someone you love is dealing with a recalled hip implant, then you probably have lots of questions. So here are some of the most common questions (and the answers).
Hip Replacement Recall Questions
What is a Hip Replacement Recall?
As in other product recalls, a hip joint can be recalled if there is a question about its safety, if it has a higher than usual failure rate, or if it has been shown to harm people.
Unlike other product recalls, a hip replacement recall involves something that’s actually IMPLANTED inside someone’s body.
if your car’s brake system has been recalled, you can take your car to the shop and they’ll fix it. It’s scary, and it could have put you at risk, but getting it fixed is not terribly bothersome.
When implants of any kind are recalled, things are not so easy. And in the case of a hip replacement recall, whether it’s the DePuy, Zimmer, or Stryker, or another implant, it takes major surgery to replace the faulty or recalled implant.
Hip surgery takes a long rehabilitation period under the best of circumstances, but if you have to undergo “revision” surgery, it can take even longer to recover since there may have been some damage.
How do I know if my Hip Implant has been recalled?
In many cases, you will be notified by the manufacturer or the surgeon. However, this is not always the case, and in today’s overstuffed mailboxes, a letter can get lost as well.
Here are the main brands of implants that have been recently recalled:
Depuy ASR XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System
Zimmer Durom Cup
Stryker Trident Acetabular PSL Cup and the Trident Hemispherical Cups
However, if you have problems after hip surgery, ranging from pain, difficulty walking, weird noises, loose joings, and more, you should seek out help, both medical and legal help, even if your implant is not on the list.
Generally, implants are not recalled until months and even years after the first complaints surface. And by coming forward, you may help others avoid the trauma you’re going through.
You will also help preserve your rights (see below).
Why is time of the essence?
Some people ask us why it is so important to act quickly if they have problems with their hip joint?
There are several reasons for that. The most important one is the statute of limitations.
What does that mean? It means that there is a time limit for your ability to file a suit for compensation. If you miss the deadline, you’re simply out of luck, and no attorney will be able to help you.
The other reason is that the longer you wait, the more likely it is that important evidence could get lost, whether that’s medical record or physical evidence. So it’s very important to make sure to seek help and legal advice quickly.
Finally, as I mentioned above, it’s important because the sooner problems with an implant come to light, the sooner something will be done about it.
Needless to say, if you have problems with your hip joint, you don’t want to wait too long until you have it checked out. If you have a faulty hip joint that is causing damage, the damage will only increase if it’s left unattended. So if you’re involved in a hip replacement recall — or if it looks like you might be, take action quickly.
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