What if my doctor hasn’t called me?

Johnson & Johnson recently issued a worldwide recall of two hip-replacement systems (manufactured and sold by J&J subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics) because of a higher-than-normal rate of revision surgeries required by patients. Specifically, one out of eight recipients of the recalled ASR hip replacement units (the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System) has required a second invasive surgery because the original replacement hip units failed.

If you underwent hip replacement surgery in the last few years, you’re probably wondering if your implant is part of the worldwide recall. DePuy does not keep records of patients who received an ASR hip. Only your doctor or the hospital where your surgery took place can tell you. If they have not contacted you concerning this matter, DePuy recommends that you reach out to them.

It is possible that you’ll learn that your replacement hip is indeed an ASR unit, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, such as hip, thigh, or groin pain, or pain while walking, rising from a seated position, or bearing weight. Even if you have not yet been injured by an ASR unit, it is possible that your hip is faulty, and that you will develop painful side effects in the future.

Only your doctor can determine whether your ASR unit is causing you harm. By receiving a complete diagnosis, you can be sure that you are safe (or find out that you are indeed in danger). Depending on what your doctor recommends, you might need annual evaluations to make sure your ASR device continues to function safely.

DePuy says that it “…intends to cover reasonable and customary costs of testing and treatment if you need services, including revision surgery if it is necessary, associated with the recall of ASR.” It remains to be seen, however, what the company means by “reasonable and customary.”

Your replacement hip should have meant more mobility and much less pain… but now you’re finding out that it might be a source of new, serious medical problems. The Rottenstein Law Group knows that you don’t have to stand for this. Our DePuy lawyers believe that getting satisfaction from the company that harmed you shouldn’t be just more hardship.You’ve taken enough. We’ll take it from here.

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