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Hip Implant Complications

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According to research, an alarming number of metal-on-metal hip implants fail. Although these implants were initially touted as more durable than other hip implants, this is not the case. In recent years, hundreds of thousands of hip implants have been recalled around the world, and over 10,000 lawsuits have been filed against hip implant manufacturers in America alone. Consumer safety experts warn that these recalls could become the largest and most costly implant problem in United States history.

Metal Hip Implant Complications

Metal-on-metal hip implants are susceptible to a number of startling and painful health concerns. In fact, many implants require costly corrective surgery and ongoing medical care. Some potential complications which derive from these defective products include:

  • Metallosis (metal particles in blood stream)
  • Osteolysis (loss of bone around hip replacement)
  • Dislocation
  • Severe joint pain
  • Formation of cysts
  • Heterotopic ossification
  • Infections
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Component loosening
  • Periprosthetic fractures
  • Heart attacks
  • Blood clots
  • Strokes
  • Death

Metallosis and Hip Implants

Patients aren't always immediately aware of a complication with their hip implant. Because of this, it is important for implant recipients to speak with their doctor as soon as possible if any symptoms arise. One of the most severe hip implant complications is metallosis. In a complete hip replacement surgery, a new all metal cup and ball covering is implanted.

This metal-on-metal hip implant begins to wear from your first steps, and with each step, the surfaces of this metal device rub together, causing friction. This friction releases debris and metal ions into the blood stream and surrounding soft tissue. Metallosis can lead to metal poisonings, joint pain, cognitive problems, headaches, and nervous system imbalances.

Periprosthetic Osteolysis Complications

Another complication that arises after a hip implant is periprosthetic osteolysis, which means the loss of bone around the hip replacement. According to reports, this is the most common long-term hip replacement complication and responsible for 75% of all implant failures. When the device fails prematurely, it leads to costly and painful revision surgeries, decreased mobility, and lifelong pain. Revision surgery also carries significant risk of death. Approximately 2.5% of patients died undergoing a revision surgery.

Patients who have received an all-metal hip implant should speak with their doctor to develop a health plan for closely monitoring potential complications, such as metallosis or hip implant failure. If your device failed, or if you have experienced adverse side effects, such as medical complications or excessive pain, you should consider speaking with a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer immediately. There are deadlines to filing a claim and your attorney will determine if you qualify to take part in litigation against manufacturers.

Florida's Defective Medical Device Law Firm

The Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at Kelley/Uustal have the resources necessary to succeed in even the most defective medical device case. We are ready to take on the large hip implant manufacturing companies and win. Contact Kelley/Uustal via phone or through our website for a free legal evaluation of your case. We are here to answer your questions and help you seek best option for your future and your finances.

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