A hip replacement is a major surgery. Without complications, there may be many months of recovery and rehabilitation. But when a hip replacement is defective, the patient may suffer extreme pain and dangerous complications.
Issues with metal-on-metal devices
Metal-on-metal hip replacement devices became very popular because they were expected to last a long time. They were found to be more durable than the plastic/polyethylene devices.
Metal-on-metal devices were supposed to prevent one of the common problems with plastic devices, which involved the shedding of small debris particles into the surrounding tissues and bloodstream. Unfortunately, the metal devices were found to also shed debris.
When these metal particles enter the bloodstream, they can cause serious complications including blood toxicity, thyroid dysfunction, heart damage, liver damage, and kidney damage.
Other complications associated with certain metal-on-metal devices include:
- Hip fractures
- Joint failure
- Crunching/clicking in hip
- Mobility issues
- Pain and swelling in hip and groin
- Implant loosening
Individuals who received a defective hip replacement may have legal options. Some may have suffered serious complications that can have life-long effects. It is advisable to speak to an attorney if you have suffered complications after receiving a hip replacement manufactured by DePuy, Biomet, Smith & Nephew, Stryker, Wright or Zimmer.
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