For people dealing with a degenerative hip disease, everyday tasks can be a struggle. Walking may be difficult. Pain and stiffness may be debilitating. For many of these people, the only option for relief is a hip replacement.
The vast majority of hip replacements are successful. According to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, there is a 90 to 95 percent chance of a total hip replacement lasting for 10 years, and an 80 to 85 percent chance of it lasting for 20 years.
However, not all hip replacements are successful. Problems can occur during surgery. And many people have been recipients of a defective hip replacement device.
Defective hip replacements can cause a wide range of problems:
- Pain in the hip or groin
- Swelling and infection
- Implant loosening
- Hip fractures
- Mobility issues
- Joint failure
Another complication from certain defective hip replacement parts involves heavy metal toxicity. This is often caused by metal debris entering the bloodstream, surrounding tissues, and organs.
People dealing with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other degenerative hip conditions may feel like a hip replacement is their only option. And in many cases, the surgery provides relief.
But for those who have experienced complications due to a defective hip replacement, it is important to get answers and hold the product manufacturer responsible.
If you or someone close to you has suffered due to a faulty hip replacement, do not wait to speak to a defective medical device attorney. Schedule a free consultation with a product liability attorney from Cutter Law, P.C. Call 888-285-3333 to reach our offices in Sacrament or Oakland.