Defective Hip Implant Side Effects & Complications
Defective hip implants have caused a number of serious health problems in patients who underwent hip replacement surgery. Complications include metal toxicity, or metallosis, which poisons the blood stream. Many patients have developed osteoarthritis and avascular necrosis from implanted hips. Other hips have simply failed and required additional surgeries, revisions, and replacements.
What are the Criteria for Filing a Hip Implant Lawsuit?
The FDA has ordered a review of all metal-on-metal hip implants due to mounting patient complaints.
Problems with metal-on-metal include, but are not limited to loosening, metallosis (ie: tissue or bone death), fracturing, and/or corrosion and fretting of these devices, which require revision surgery. Many patients that require revision surgery due to these devices suffer significant post-revision complications.
We are investigating all cases involving metal-on-metal hip implants, including the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems, recalled in July 2012; the Stryker LFIT Anatomic v40 Femoral Head (recalled August 29, 2016); the Zimmer Durom Cup, the Wright Conserve, and the Biomet M2A “38mm” and M2A-Magnum hip replacement systems, which have not been recalled.
Reported problems include pain, swelling and problems walking.
Hip Implants & Metallosis
Metal-on-Metal (MoM) hip implants consist of a ball, stem and shell. Each is made out of metal materials that were designed to offer several benefits, such as decreased chance of device failure. These have been proved to be untrue. Research has shown that metal-on-metal devices can quickly begin to wear, generating high volumes of metallic debris that is absorbed into a patient’s body causing significant health problems. This reaction can result in Metallosis, and other inflammatory reactions such as pain in the groin, deteriorating tissue, and even deterioration of the surrounding bone.
Hip Revision Surgery
Hip revision is corrective surgery on a patient who is having complications after a previous hip replacement and needs to have it removed and replaced. The artificial devices that most often require revision surgery are metal-on-metal hip replacements. This is often the only way to alleviate the present and future problems associated with the defective hip.
Periprosthetic Hip Fractures
Another complication of a defective hip is a periprosthetic fracture. This occurs around the components or implants of a total hip replacement. They typically occur because the bone around the implant has been weakened by osteolysis, pressure from the implant, or loosening of the implant components. It most often requires surgery to treat the fracture.
Hip Component Loosening
A hip implant component could loosen for various reasons, including being worn out or because the cement failed to hold it in place. However, loosening of a hip replacement could also mean that a more serious complication has arisen such as metallosis or osteolysis. Component loosening often occurs due to a defectively manufactured hip implant.
Can I File A Defective Hip Lawsuit?
Our dangerous device attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by hip replacement surgery. Lawsuits have been filed against the device makers by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by the dangerous device. You may be entitled to a settlement. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it all in writing for you. Our hip replacement lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.
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How Do I Start A Hip Replacement Claim?
Our hip replacement lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing hip replacement lawsuit claims.