DePuy ASR hip implants made news after failure rates skyrocketed worldwide. The rash of patient problems can be traced to the fact that the implant was never tested or approved before being marketed. Now, thousands of people are again facing painful hip replacement surgeries. Though the DePuy hip implant has been recalled, for many people, the damage has already been done.
It is important to recognize and identify hip implant failure. The U.S, Drug Watchdog says that “because many individuals who received an ASR DePuy hip implant do not want to go through a painful hip replacement surgery, also called revision surgery, they do not complain. Because of this, we are strongly encouraging family members or loved ones of anyone receiving a hip implant between 2005 and early 2010 to ask if it was a ASR DePuy hip implant."
DePuy hip implants were marketed to younger adults who are active and athletic. So thousands of ASR hip implant victims may be disinclined to complain about the pain their hip implant might be causing. Some signs of trouble to watch for include pain in the hip region, problems while walking and swelling of the hips. If you or someone you love has had a hip replacement device implanted and is experiencing any of these problems, consult a doctor immediately.
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