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06 Aug 2013

Particle Debris from Hip Implants

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Thousands of hip replacement surgery patients have suffered injury and harm due to defective hip replacement devices.  There are many risks and complications associated with any procedure; however often times when a patient suffers from significant complications it is due to the defectiveness of the medical device.

In recent news, patients are allegedly claiming that they are suffering significant complications after having a hip implant, particularly metal-on-metal hip replacements.  One of the most common complications of these devices includes particle debris.  In fact, it is estimated that every step taken by a patient who has a hip implant produces between 100,000 and 1 million particulates of debris within their body, which can cause significant harm.

There are three different types of hip replacement surgeries; however particle debris is a most common complication of the total hip replacement procedure and hip resurfacing.  This is because these two procedures require a new cup and new ball (or ball covering) and due to the fact the new cup and ball are usually made out of metal parts, when the implant patient moves their legs, the surfaces of these two components rub against each other and debris is produced due to the friction.

Not all hip replacements are made out of metal; however those that are release debris that can be quite toxic to a human being’s body.  Metal-on-metal hip implants create debris primarily made out of cobalt and titanium ions which can cause metallosis or a condition also known as metal poisoning.  When a patient suffers from this type of complication, it can cause great harm and significant problems to a patient and may give rise to hip recall lawsuit.

Filing a Michigan Hip Replacement Lawsuit For Particle Debris

Patients who suffer from serious complications, such as particle debris from a hip implant do have legal rights and should contact an experienced Michigan hip replacement attorney immediately to discuss their rights.  At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. our lawyers are actively pursuing lawsuits for patients who have had a DePuy Orthopaedics, Stryker Orthopaedics, Zimmer Holdings, Wright Medical Technology, Biomet Inc., and Smith & Nephew implant and suffer from particle debris and metallosis.  For more information to determine whether or not you can file a claim against the manufacturer for your pain and suffering, call now to discuss your case.  We work directly with other national law firms to get the maximum amount of settlement you deserve.  Call (800) 606-1717 for your free consultation.  Our Michigan hip replacement lawsuit attorneys are ready to speak to you and answer any questions that you may have regarding your case.

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