Posted on May 2, 2011 by mark
[added by connie: this is an important notice. All patients should make absolutely certian that their hip explants are kept or sent to a lab for review. There seems to be a lot of discussion surrounding what lab should look at these hips. Depuy has hired certain labs to review the explanted hip. If you are represented by Counsel, they likely are using other labs and would not be inclined to send the hip to Depuy. In the latter case, the law firm representing you would underwrite the expense involved in examining the hip post surgery. Pre surgery, all of the protocol must be in place so that the surgeon, and the hospital know exactly what protocol should be used regarding the device preservation, the fluid and blood preservation for transporting this to the appropriate lab.
If you are not represented by counsel and you choose to not send the explant to Depuy, you must identify a lab. These labs are not easy to find. Not every lab runs analysis on the explanted hips!]