HYATTSVILLE, Md. — Despite the warnings, recalls, and lawsuits, hip replacement surgeries continue to rise annually.
The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics recently released numbers indicating that hip replacements have steadily increased over the past 10years. In 2000 the number of procedures performed was 138,700 and it nearly doubled in 2010 at 310,800. The NCHS also found that there was a 92 percent increase among those age 75 with 80,000 surgeries and older and an astonishing 205 percent jump in younger patients (age 45-54 years of age) with 51,900 surgeries.
The NCHS believes the reason for the jump is partially due to osteoarthritis being diagnosed with far more frequency. The main reason, however, is that younger and younger patients are seeking hip replacements. As more individuals remain active as they get older, wear-and-tear and degenerative arthritis increases.
Problems with Increase
The steadily increasing number of younger patients receiving hip replacement surgeries is problematic for multiple reasons: 1) this means the likelihood of needing additional replacement/revision surgery later in life is higher; and 2) more patients are going to be treated with the dangerous metal-on-metal hip implants. Metal-on-metal hip implants are hip replacement parts that are actively marketed to younger, more active patients because of the device’s supposed ability to sustain longer wear-and-tear.
Well-publicized recalls and thousands of lawsuits have proven this to be the opposite. Metal-on-metal hip replacement parts are those that have a metal coating on all of the major components of the implant. Despite being marketed for active clients and claims of longer-lasting results, metal-on-metal hip implants have significantly higher risks of failure and can cause serious health complications. This includes chronic pain, swelling, infection, decreased mobility, altered gait, blood poisoning, nerve damage, broken bones, and tissue death.
Because of the number of patients suffering serious complications from metal-on-metal hip replacement surgery, the FDA updated its safety information and recommendations (more than once). Major joint replacement manufactures, such as Smith & Nephew and Zimmer, had to recall various metal-on-metal product lines.
If you or a loved one suffers from complications caused by a metal-on-metal hip implant or had the implant fail prematurely, contact an experienced attorney. You may be entitled to recovery for your injuries and financial losses.
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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