If you are the recipient of a DePuy hip implant and you get the feeling that something just doesn't feel right, you're not alone. The DePuy ASR hip implant has been recalled due to an unacceptably high revision rate. Many of the people who have failed implants experienced the sensation that something felt abnormal in their hip. This sensation was heightened when initiating a movement such as standing up or beginning to walk. In addition, many patients felt unstable when putting weight on their affected hip.
Many patients experienced pain ranging from general discomfort to excruciating. This pain was generally felt in the hip, groin, leg or lower back area. Due to pain on the side of the failed implant, some patients begin to put more weight on their healthy side, changing their gait and posture. This can lead to pain that is manifested on the opposite side of the body.
Generally, patients are not able to function in the same way that they did before the surgery. In fact, any athletic or strenuous activities are strongly discouraged after a hip implant. However, if you notice after 3-5 years that your energy level and flexibility take a marked turn for the worse, it may be an indication that your hip implant has failed.
If you are the recipient of a DePuy hip implant, we strongly suggest consulting with a hip replacement recall lawyer before making contact with DePuy Orthopaedics or their parent company Johnson & Johnson. Since DePuy is only offering to pay for health care costs, it's important to have an ASR hip implant lawyer on your side to make sure you are compensated for lost wages, pain and suffering as well.