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06 Aug 2013

Avascular Necrosis Hip Replacement Lawyers | Osteonecrosis Hip Implant Failure

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Avascular necrosis, also known as osteonecrosis, is bone death caused by lack of blood.  This condition often leads to hip implant failure and can cause significant injury or harm to a patient.

Multiple metal-on-metal hip replacement systems have been associated with avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis), including those manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, Stryker, Zimmer Holdings, Wright Medical Technology, Biomet, and Smith & Nephew.  At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, our Michigan hip recall lawsuit attorneys are currently accepting cases for patients suffering avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis) from a hip implant.

What is Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)?

Avascular necrosis is known by multiple terms: osteonecrosis, aseptic necrosis, and ischemic bone necrosis. It is a disease that occurs when there has been a loss of blood supply to the bones, temporary or permanent.  Without blood, the bone cannot receive oxygen and dies.  That is why this disease is also referred to as bone death.

When the bone dies, it causes the bone to collapse and can have severe effects on a hip replacement patient.  In most severe cases, patients must undergo a revision surgery to replace the defective medical device that was originally implanted.

Type of Hip Replacement Surgery Most Commonly Associated with Avascular Necrosis

There are three different types of hip replacement surgeries; however avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis) is most associated with hip resurfacing versus total hip replacement. This is because with hip resurfacing, the metal cap that is used to cover the femoral ball can reduce the amount of blood reaching the ball, and therefore deprives the bone of blood for an extended period of time.  This deprivation then leads to bone destruction and use of the joint will be lost.

This does not mean however, that this condition cannot occur to a patient who has had a total hip replacement procedure.  Anyone who has had a metal-on-metal hip implant is at risk for suffering from this condition if the device that was implanted was in fact defective. In fact, avascular necrosis is the reason for approximately one-tenth of all hip replacements.

Filing a Michigan Hip Replacement Lawsuit For Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)

Patients who suffer from the disease avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis) from a hip implant do have legal rights and may be able to pursue a Michigan hip replacement lawsuit against the manufacturer.  These defective medical device lawsuits would seek compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, spousal damages, and punitive damages.

Many hip replacement device manufacturers have in fact recalled their products and offered their patients a free hip revision surgery and compensation. You may be entitled to significantly more compensation than what you might be promised through a hip recall. Contact our award winning legal team today to determine the best option for you. Your resulting injuries and complications may deserve more than what the manufacturer is offering.

Contact a Michigan Hip Replacement Avascular Necrosis Lawsuit Attorney Today

Call us today to discuss your legal rights with an experienced Michigan hip replacement attorney and to see if you are eligible to file an avascular necrosis hip implant lawsuit. We offer a free, no obligation consultation and will represent you under our No Win, No Fee Promise.  This means there are no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case.  Call now at (800) 606-1717.

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