DePuy Hip Recall FAQ's
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About DePuy Hip Replacement Problems
Below we have a compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the DePuy hip recall below. These answers to these questions are not meant to replace personal medical advice and treatment. Remember that both the medical and legal consequences of the DePuy hip recall will depend upon your personal experience with the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement System.
Which DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. hip replacement systems were recalled?
Only the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems have been recalled. The DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System was not approved for use in the United States.
When would the surgeries involving the recalled DePuy hip replacements have occurred?
The DePuy ASR Hip Replacement System was approved for use in 2005 and the company began phasing the line out at the end of 2009, but it's possible a hip replacement surgery in 2010 still could have used the system that was part of the DePuy hip recall.
What are some of the symptoms of a failing DePuy hip replacement system?
The DePuy hip replacement problems will differ from person to person and it's important you consult with your doctor even if you haven't had any problems at all. The most severe problems with the DePuy hip replacement, those requiring a second hip replacement, are listed below:
- Serious Pain
- Loosening of the Implant, with Possible Detachment
- Dislocation of the Hip Implant
- Fracture of the Bone Around the Hip Implant
Will I have to have another hip replacement surgery?
If you have experienced problems with your DePuy ASR hip replacement system a surgery for a secondary hip replacement will be likely. In other cases additional tests and monitoring may become necessary.
Who will pay for my medical expenses because of the DePuy hip recall?
In it's recall notice, DePuy stated that it "intends to cover reasonable and customary costs of monitoring and treatment", which include hip replacement surgery. Although the company will release the procedure for reimbursement at a later date, it did state that patients will need to pay for any costs they incur and then DePuy will reimburse people for "reasonable and customary expenses" at a later date. The company further stated that such reimbursement will be subject to confirmation of eligibility, which requires the completion of various documentation, x-rays, the removed devices and other medical information.
Who can file a DePuy hip recall claim?
Persons with a DePuy ASR hip replacement system implanted between 2005 and 2010.