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06 Aug 2013

Hip Replacement Complications & Implant Failure

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Hip replacements are used to treat patients who suffer from hip joint deterioration or have hip damage due to arthritis, fractures, or other conditions. However, even though these medical devices are known to increase mobility and reduce pain of a patient who has an aged or injured hip joint, in recent years there have been various reports of serious complications resulting and implant failure.

When hip replacements were first developed, they were limited to patients who had suffered hip fractures or were older.  However, with advances in technology and new hip replacement designs, the materials hip replacements are made out of and the surgical procedures to implant them makes it a quite common procedure among patients of who are aged 55 or even younger.

Although these new designs have made hip replacements available to a much wider array of patients, complications are much more common now and in some cases quite severe. In part, many complications do arise due to the materials the implants are made of.  Most reports of patients who suffer complications are those who have had a metal-on-metal hip replacement. Some of the most common manufacturer who produce these metal-on-metal hip implant devices include DePuy Orthopaedics, Stryker Orthopaedics, Zimmer Holdings, Wright Medical Technology, Biomet Inc., and Smith & Nephew.  Currently, there are several lawsuits pending against these medical manufacturers due to their production of an unsafe product that causes severe complications and implant failure.

Types of Hip Replacement Surgery

There are three different types of hip replacement surgery. They include:hip replacement

  1. Total hip replacement: the entire hip joint – the ball, socket, and femoral stem are all replaced
  2. Partial hip replacement: only the ball (femoral head) is replaced
  3. Hip Resurfacing: only the cup is replaced and the ball is reshaped and covered with a metal cap

Hip Replacement Complications

Just like any procedure, there are risks associated with hip replacement surgery.  However, not all risks and associated resulting complications are a normal result and may be due in part to the defective nature and manner of the medical device itself.  Many patients who have a metal-on-metal hip replacement have suffered from serious complications, including:

  • Particle debris from hip implants
  • Metallosis or metal poisoning
  • Osteolysis or loss of bone around hip replacement
  • Revision Surgery

Implant Failure

Patients are finding that implant failure is also a common risk that is associated with the defective metal-on-metal hip replacements.  In fact, the complications a patient suffers due to the defective nature of the implant is causing the implant failure. These include:

  • Dislocation
  • Heterotopic Ossification or soft tissue is calcified
  • Infection
  • Avascular Necrosis (osteonecrosis)or bone death
  • Component Loosening
  • Periprosthetic Fractures

Contact Your Michigan Hip Replacement Lawyer

If you or your loved one has a hip replacement and as a result suffers serious complications or the implant has failed, call our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire attorneys now at (800) 606-1717.  We are currently accepting cases involving patients who have been suffering from significant problems noted with metal-on-metal hip replacement parts, including those made by DePuy Orthopaedics, Stryker Orthopaedics, Zimmer Holdings, Wright Medical Technology, Biomet Inc., and Smith & Nephew.  Call today for your free legal consultation and determine whether or not you have basis to file a legal claim against the manufacturer.  Often times, these hip replacement recall lawsuits result in significant settlements.

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