HYATTSVILLE, Md. — Despite thousands of people filing lawsuits against hip implant manufacturers and various recalls, younger and younger adults are getting hip replacement surgery.
The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics found the number of total hip replacement surgeries doubled to 310,000 from 2000 to 2010. In people over the age of 75 years old, it increased by 92 percent, but in people between the ages of 45 to 54 the number of hip replacements increased by 205 percent. The largest group of hip replacement recipients is between the ages of 40 and 60, but there has been an uptick in patients who are even younger. This in part is due to young adults and tends who suffer from childhood joint problems and severe hip osteoarthritis.
The only solution for younger patients is to undergo a total hip replacement or hip resurfacing. The problem with this solution is that the most common product advertised towards younger hip clients is metal-on-metal hip implants.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
Metal-on-metal hip implants are hip replacements in which the new joint’s component parts have a metallic coating. This type of hip implant is believed to be longer lasting and is targeted to younger and more active clientele. The problem is, and thousands have discovered this, that the metal-on-metal feature is actually a hindrance to movement and long-term joint health.
It has been found that many of the metal-on-metal hip replacement systems on the market have the fatal flaw of the component parts rubbing together once they are implanted. This results in metal flaking off the implant and entering the neighboring tissue, muscle, and bloodstream. This can then cause infection, swelling, an allergic reaction, and even pseudotumors. In turn the replacement joint loosens, deteriorates, or breaks, and in the worst cases, the patient suffers from metallic blood poisoning. Implant deterioration can also lead to pain and difficulty walking. In more extreme cases, there can be neurological damages, renal function impairment, allergic reactions, and cardiomyopathy. To limit the negative side effects, patients end up having to endure revisionist surgery to replace or repair the implant.
The danger of metal-on-metal hip implants is so pervasive that the FDA has been heavily involved in hip implant education and there have been three major recalls of metal-on-metal hip lines: Smith & Nephew’s R3 and Zimmer Durom’s Acetabular. Furthermore there have been various metal-on-metal hip implant settlements and thousands of other patients have pursued litigation against the makers of the defective hip implants.
Our Defective Hip Lawyers Can Help
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 defective hip lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.
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