Hip replacement surgery, also referred to as total hip arthroplasty, is an operation where a damaged hip joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint. The metal-on-metal hip implant, specifically, accounts for one-third of the approximately 250,000 hip replacements performed each year in the United States. While these types of hip replacements are intended to be a durable, long-term solution for patients, they can cause serious complications when the hip implant is defective.
Metal Toxicity from Hip Replacement
Metal-on-metal implants are prone to breakage caused by the friction of their metallic parts rubbing against each other. This design defect leads to metal wear which results in metal debris being discharged in the joint. These tiny metal particles can contaminate a patient’s bloodstream and cause tissue necrosis, a condition known as metallosis.
According to the FDA, side effects or symptoms of metal toxicity include:
- Hip, leg, or groin pain
- Swelling around the hip joint
- Grinding, squeaking, and popping sounds from the hip joint
- Impaired kidney function
- Hearing or vision impairments
- Skin rashes
- Thyroid problems, including general discomfort, fatigue, and weight gain
- Feelings of depression
- Cardiomyopathy, which is a condition that weakens and enlarges the heart muscle
Defective Hip Replacement Lawsuits
Manufacturers of defective hip implants have issued multiple warnings and recalls for their products, however, these defective products have already resulted in lawsuits across the country. Studies show that approximately one in 12 recipients of metal-on-metal hip replacements will require corrective surgery within just five years of receiving the implant.
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Our experienced attorneys offer confidential case reviews to discuss your unique case and ensure you receive the justice you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured by a complication related to a defective hip implant, please contact our legal team as soon as possible.