5 Questions about defective hip replacements, answered

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Many people undergo hip replacement surgery to relieve pain, improve mobility, and help the hip joint function better. For many patients, the surgery can be extremely beneficial. But for others who received defective metal-on-metal hip replacements, the results can be devastating.

Here are 5 frequently asked questions about metal-on-metal hip replacements:

What is the problem with many metal-on-metal hip replacements?

One of the main problems with metal-on-metal hip replacements is that the shedding of small debris particles can occur. The devices can also corrode, which can release metal ions into the bloodstream. As a result, victims may suffer serious medical complications.

What medical complications are associated with faulty hip replacements?

Patients may suffer a wide range of symptoms including: pain and swelling, allergic reactions, limited mobility, clicking or crunching of the hip, loosening of the implant, fractures, blood toxicity, thyroid problems, kidney dysfunction, and other complications.

I have a metal-on-metal hip replacement: Will I be affected?

Not every individual who has received a metal-on-metal hip replacement will be affected. However, many experience serious complications that may require revision surgery or other treatment. One study found that 6.2 percent of metal-on-metal hips failed after 5 years.

If you have concerns about your hip replacement, talk to your doctor. If you have already suffered complications due to your hip replacement, you should also talk to an attorney.

What companies manufactured defective hip replacements?

Some of the manufacturers of defective metal-on-metal hip replacements are: Biomet, DePuy, Smith & Nephew, Stryker, Wright, and Zimmer.

Are victims eligible for compensation?

Possibly. Individuals who have received defective hip replacements may be eligible for significant compensation. Working with an attorney who has specific experience in metal-on-metal hip replacement cases is advisable. These are very detailed and specific cases.

Free consultation: If you have received a defective hip replacement and wish to talk to an attorney about your options, please call Cutter Law P.C., at 888-285-3333.

Personal injury and civil justice attorney Brooks Cutter is a leading advocate for consumer justice and protecting the rights of the severely injured. Brooks founded Cutter Law, P.C., with offices in Sacramento and Oakland, with…
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