What You Need To Know About Metal-on-metal Hip Replacement Recalls
There are many things that can injure a hip and require a total hip replacement. Aging, arthritis, fractures and falls are all common factors that are present when it comes to an injured hip. If your hip is stiff, it may be difficult to get out of a chair, walk or even put your socks and shoes on.
Fortunately, when the hip begins the slide into problematic, there are artificial options used to replace the hip and function just like the normal bone would. Hip replacement surgery has been around since 1960, and over 300,000 surgeries are done in the United States alone each year.
This is one of the most successful surgeries in medicine, but that does not mean problems do not exist, and hip replacement recalls do happen.
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Metal-on-Metal Hips More Likely to Fail
Many manufacturers sold their products on the idea that mobility would increase and the products would be more durable with a metal-on-metal design. After thorough research, many companies recalled their metal-on-metal products.
Although the recall benefits those who are considering a hip replacement or may need one in the future, the warning is too late for many Americans.
These are signs that a hip device is not working properly:
- Pain in leg, hip or groin
- Limp or change in walking ability
- Swelling around or right on the hip joint
- Clicking, squeaking, grinding, popping or other noises from the hip joint
If any of these adverse reactions occur, you should always consult with your surgeon immediately. If the problem is not addressed, then some systemic reactions may occur.
- Skin rash
- Impairment of renal function
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Neurological changes including visual or auditory impairments
Experts believe that the problem with the metal-on-metal device is that through the normal movement of the hip joint, small metallic shavings may be released into the blood and surrounding tissue, which can lead to a condition called metallosis. This condition can cause a high blood-metal count and inflammatory reactions throughout the entire body.
What Should You Do if Your Hip Replacement Fails?
In 2011, the FDA required manufacturers to do additional testing to determine if the devices were safe to be used in hip replacement surgery.
Many manufacturers pulled the products, and others have issued recalls on those still on the market.
If you are a patient who has a metal-on-metal implant, this does little to help you with the pain and discomfort you may deal with on a regular basis.
If you have a metal-on-metal hip replacement and find that you are dealing with the problems listed above, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Don’t pay for someone else’s mistake. We encourage you to meet with an experienced Pittsburgh hip implant injury attorney.
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