When DePuy Orthopaedics announced its recent hip replacement recall on the ASR XL Acetabular System last month, it only added to a list of recalls that had already begun. DePuy, a subsidiary company of Johnson & Johnson, now shares a spot on the 2010 hip device recall list with manufacturers Zimmer and Stryker. This has been extremely disheartening for individuals that have had any of the hip devices of these manufacturers implanted; however, it is even more troubling for the seniors that have been implanted with the actual recalled devices.
The five main systems that have been recalled are the Stryker Trident PSL, the Stryker Trident Hemispherical Acetabular Cup, the Zimmer Durom Cup, the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Obviously, these companies are all big players in the hip replacement device business, especially Stryker and DePuy hip replacement systems, so there are literally tens of thousands of individuals who may be affected by this recall. The unfortunate truth is that many have already sustained serious injuries due to some of these recalled devices. That is, of course, why the devices have been recalled in the first place.
So what tell tale signs can signal to a patient that their hip replacement system is failing? Well, to start, they may notice frequent swelling and begin to feel severe pain on a regular basis. They may also notice some clicking and/or popping. Of course, implant dislocation and hip fractures are also notable signs. Any individual that has or is experiencing these symptoms is advised to contact not only their physician for immediate medical attention and corrective surgery, but also a hip attorney that has had some experience in dealing with faulty medical devices.
For those that have to deal with the less than ideal situation of a hip replacement, it can be ten times as frustrating to find out that they will now have to deal with a corrective surgery to fix or replace the implant that they currently have. However, due to the product recall on the above mentioned devices, the patient is likely better off to endure the corrective surgery in order to avoid a worse situation later.