If you are one of the 93,000 patients worldwide with a DePuy ASR hip replacement implant, you should be aware that the system has been recalled. One in every eight recipients are experiencing failure within the first five years which then requires a painful revision surgery to correct the problem. As a Seattle hip recall lawyer, I’ve spoken with numerous people who have had to take time off of work and are dealing with tremendous pain and suffering as a result of this defective product. If you have a hip replacement and you aren’t sure if your implant has failed, these are the ten most common symptoms.
1. Pain in the actual hip itself. The degree of pain varies and can be felt in the groin and lower back as well.
2. Pain on the opposite side of the body. When someone has a bad hip, they will place more weight on the opposite hip to compensate which can then lead to pain on the opposite side.
3. Pain with weight bearing activities. Activities that place additional weight on the hip can lead to a feeling of instability and loss of balance in addition to pain.
4. A limp will often develop over time, sometimes without you even realizing it. As the hip degenerates, the limp will become more obvious.
5. Many patients describe a feeling that something is just “not right” with their hip, particularly when standing up or starting to walk.
6. Decreased flexibility is another common side affect that may also coincide with stiffness.
7. Increased fatigue is likely because the body is forced to compensate for the failing hip implant.
8. A squeaky or creaky hip can be a sign of a failed implant though it is also a common occurrence with any hip replacement.
9. If you find swelling on the exterior of your hip implant, this is usually an indication that the hip implant has severely degraded.
10. You may have no symptoms. As a hip replacement recall lawyer, I’ve talked to many patients that had no idea their hip may have failed. In fact, many surgeons can’t tell for sure whether the hip implant is defective without surgery.