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Hip surgery is an invasive, painful procedure that can require up to six months in recovery. Some patients who have undergone this difficult procedure, only to learn that the hip they received has been recalled due to its dangerously faulty technology, are rightly outraged. A recalled hip is a patient’s worst nightmare, with many cases requiring both removal surgery and another hip replacement surgery – not to mention months of added recovery time. Patients who received Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) hip implants from DePuy Orthopaedics know this all too well; when the implant was put on the market and eventually recalled, thousands of patients suffered needlessly – including dozens of San Antonio residents. If you have been negatively affected by hip surgery, trust the experienced lawyers at Carabin & Shaw.

The DePuy recall was issued after a study found that the devices had a five year failure rate of approximately 13%, which amounted to a staggering one in eight patients. Even worse, the study found that the hip implant’s dangers persisted even after replacement surgery – meaning that even patients who had their ASR implants removed were still at risk, because the devices were found to sometimes leave behind potentially fatal fragments that could remain undiscovered in the body for years.

Additionally, the DePuy ASR implants were found to be associated with the following failures and complications:

  • Bone fractures
  • Dislocation
  • Pain
  • Sensitivity to metal
  • Increased metal levels in the blood
  • Necrosis
  • Swelling
  • Nerve, tissue, or muscle damage
  • Component loosening or misalignment

It is estimated that over 93,000 people received these ASR implants, and many patients have not yet undergone the surgery to replace or repair their hip implants. If you’re among those patients, we want to help.

At Carabin & Shaw, our dedicated lawyers serving San Antonio have committed a substantial amount of resources to help fight and win the cases of the innocent victims of the faulty DePuy ASR hip implant. We’ve worked with numerous victims and their families, and we can help you if you’re looking for a San Antonio hip replacement attorney with detailed knowledge of this particular case.

Considering revision surgery? Read this first:

If your doctor has told you that you need revision or replacement surgery, there are some things you should know before you proceed.

It is vital that patients with DePuy ASR hip implant consult with us before revision surgery to remove and replace an ASR hip implant. It is also critical that you do not sign the release that Proadspire (DePuy’s agent) may require as a condition of paying any part of the cost of revision surgery.

How will I pay for my surgery?

We can help. Our team of attorneys located in San Antonio and surrounding areas is prepared to fund in full and in advance the entire cost of revision surgery in order that our clients have the surgery as soon as recommended by their orthopedic surgeon. For more information about funding your surgery, please call our expert lawyers at 1.800.862.1260.

What else do I need to know before undergoing revision surgery?

Before your surgery, you must undergo blood tests for chromium and cobalt levels. You’ll also need to provide your surgeon with written instructions concerning the preservation of tissue samples and the retention of the explanted ASR device before the revision surgery takes place. For more information, you can call our office in San Antonio and an attorney will discuss these instructions in further detail.

If you have had a hip replacement and the artificial hip is defective, don’t wait - call our San Antonio office today at 1.800.862.1260 to speak with an attorney so we can help you take steps toward a full recovery. Click below for more information about hip replacement recalls .

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