Despite the risks, a study found that millions of Americans are living with hip and knee replacements.
According to the latest research, there are over 7 million individuals in the United States who are living with artificial knees or hips. This works out to approximately 4.7 million knee replacements and 2.5 million hip replacements. These numbers do not appear to be slowing down as previous studies showed that at least 1 million total hip and knee replacement surgeries are performed each year.
While knee and hip implants can have a lasting and life-changing effect for many individuals, they do come with serious risks. There are specific types of hip and knee implants that are known for the debilitating health complications and high rates of failures.
The biggest culprit is metal-on-metal hip implants, which are still in use today despite well documented risks and mounting lawsuits. Metal-on-metal hip implants are hip replacements that are entirely coated in a metallic alloy. This idea behind this was that it would lead to a longer lasting implant that would withstand active-use in younger patients. Instead, the metal-based design has led to serious health complications, higher failure rates, and an increased need for revision surgery. The metal implants have been found to loosen and/or rub together. This results in metallic fragments collecting in the blood and neighboring tissues thus causing infection, allergic reactions, and even blood poisoning. The loosening implants can lead to swelling, broken bones, and difficulty walking.
Knee replacement implants cause similar problems. A variety of brands have created knee implants meant for younger, more active patients. These implants do not utilize cement or glue and instead are fitted precisely to the bone. Unfortunately, these too have been found to fail prematurely. The device loosens from the joint allowing for debris and fluids to build up in the gap. This leads to swelling, pain, implant failure, and difficulty walking.
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Our dangerous device attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by knee or 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 devices. 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 device lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.
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