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How do I know if I have a DePuy hip implant?

You received your hip implant several years ago. You don’t know much about the operation, but you know that moving has been much easier since you received your implant. At least, it was. Recently, you’ve noticed a lot of pain and stiffness in your hip. You thought it could be old age, but then you read about DePuy’s settlement offer to patients who experienced early hip failure. You started to wonder, “Could I have one of those hips?”

The DePuy ASR Acetabular and Hip Resurfacing Systems were used from 2005 until they were recalled in 2010 after hundreds of patients experienced symptoms of metallosis, metal poisoning, and early hip failure. Many patients who received the recalled artificial hip were notified via letter from the orthopedic surgeon who performed the surgery. However, not all patients were notified.

If you aren’t sure which artificial hip you have, you can find out by following these steps:

  • Contact your orthopedic surgeon and ask for your hip implant manufacturer and model number. Hospitals and physicians must keep these records for every implanted medical device.
  • Ask for a copy of your medical records, including the notes from the implant surgery.


If you have a recalled hip implant, you may be asked to register your implant with DePuy. Don’t fill out any forms until you have discussed your rights with a pharmaceutical injury attorney. You may give up your right to compensation should you require revision surgery in the future.

The pharmaceutical attorneys at Hupy and Abraham accept DePuy hip implant cases in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Call us at 800-800-5678 to schedule a free consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham