Hip replacements made of metal have proven to be hazardous to patients. In the beginning of 2011 the FDA received over 5,000 reports of issues from metal on metal hip replacements.

The issue with metal hip replacements is that over time the replacements wear and debris enters the body as a result. With some patients this debris can cause permanent muscle and tissue damage.

Even worse, some patients experience no symptoms of this decay and their muscle and tissue is being destroyed without their knowledge.

Roughly one in 12 recipients of metal-on-metal devices may require corrective surgery within five years of implantation.

Dangerous Effects of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement

Metal-on-metal hip replacements can have many painful and dangerous side effects. These effects could include:

  • Blood test results that show high levels of chromium and cobalt caused by metal debris
  • Bone loss caused by device loosening
  • Clicking, popping or grinding in the area of the hip implant
  • Difficulty and pain when walking, standing or carrying weighted objects
  • Dislocation or loosening of the implant
  • Earlier than normal failure of the hip replacement
  • Fractured hipbone
  • Infection
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Metal flakes released into the bloodstream causing metal toxicity, pseudotumors, rash, necrosis or cardiac complications
  • Rash, which could indicate cell death around the implant
  • Wearing down and thinning of bones causing pain in the surrounding tissue and potential bone breakage
  • Pseudotumors
  • Severe pain
  • Swelling of hip, thigh or groin area
  • Tissue inflammation

 

You should contact your surgeon as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the above side effects after your metal-on-metal hip replacement. It’s imperative that if you require revision surgery that you ensure the removed component parts are preserved. Never sign any release for medical information to the hip replacement manufacturer without speaking to an attorney.

Common Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuits

  • DePuy® Orthopaedics ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System (implanted between 2005 and 2010)
  • DePuy® Pinnacle® Modular Hip Replacement System (implanted between 2001 and 2010)
  • Stryker® Rejuvenate
  • Stryker® ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems
  • Stryker® LFIT V40 Femoral Head
  • Wright Medical Technology Hip Replacements (Conserve®, Dynasty®, Profemur® and Lineage® line of products)
  • Zimmer Durom®Cup Hip Replacement Device

Our Defective Hip Replacement Lawyers Can Help

If you or a loved one has experienced muscle or tissue destruction after your hip replacement contact our hip implant attorneys at The Pisanchyn Law Firm so we and our team of medical experts can review your case.

Call 1-800-444-5309 for a free consultation. We have offices in Harrisburg, Scranton and Pittsburgh and will travel to you.