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Defective Metal Hip Implants

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Injuries

Hip replacement surgery can relieve pain and restore mobility in people with severe hip problems due to injuries, arthritis, or wear and tear. However, a defective hip implant can cause complications far worse than the original problem, and in some cases the complications can be fatal. As doctors started placing hip implants in younger, more active patients, the demand for sturdier and longer-lasting implants increased leading to greater use of metal-on-metal implants, but this type of hip implant is notorious for having dangerous defects.

Consequences of Defective Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

When the metal parts of the hip implant rub together tiny particles of the metal are rubbed off and released into your body. This can cause damage locally, around the implant itself, and it can get into your bloodstream causing metallosis. Part of the implant can corrode. With some defects the implant does not fuse properly with the bone. The hip implant may need to be replaced, and there can be permanent damage.

Consequences of a defective hip implant can include:

  • Implant loosening
  • Implant failure
  • Dangerous revision surgery to replace the implant
  • Tissue death surrounding the implant
  • Bone damage around the implant
  • Osteolysis
  • Hip dislocation
  • Difficulty or inability to move the hip joint
  • Loss of use of the leg
  • Amputation
  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Metal debris in the bloodstream
  • Metal poisoning (metallosis)
  • Organ damage or cancer from chromium and cobalt toxicity
  • Severe pain
  • Death

Hip Implant Recalls

Makers of hip implants and parts which have been recalled include:

  • DePuy Orthopaedics
  • Stryker Corporation
  • Zimmer Holdings
  • Smith & Nephew plc
  • Sulzer Orthopedics, Inc.
  • Biomet, Inc.
  • Encore Orthopedics, Inc.
  • Wright Medical Technology, Inc.

Symptoms of Defective Metal Hip Implant

Unfortunately, recalls typically come far too late, after the implants have been placed in patients and many have already been injured. Hip implant recipients do no always know exactly which hip replacement parts they have received or if their hip replacement is subject to a recall. If you are experiencing symptoms of a failing or defective metal hip replacement, you should talk to your doctor right away.

Symptoms of a defective metal hip implant include:

  • Pain in the hip, groin, thigh, or lower back
  • General discomfort
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Lack of flexibility
  • A feeling that the hip is out of place
  • Clicking or popping sound in the hip
  • Grinding feeling or sound
  • Difficulty walking
  • Swelling
  • Elevated levels of chromium or cobalt in the blood

If you have been harmed by a defective metal hip implant, or suspect that a defective hip implant was the cause of your injuries or the death of a loved one, please call The Law Office of William R. Noelker at 1-859-236-0374 or contact us online today to learn more about potential compensation.