Every year, surgeons perform hundreds of hip replacement surgeries across Missouri, Kansas, and Southern Illinois. While hip replacements can provide increased mobility and improved quality of life, some implants have significant safety concerns, particularly metal-on-metal devices.
What are Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements?
Recent years have seen growing concern in both the United States and overseas about the safety of Metal-on-Metal (“MoM”) hip replacement implants.
MoM implants were aggressively marketed as being more durable and harder to dislocate than traditional implants. Unlike traditional hip replacement systems, MoM implants do not have a plastic liner between the ball and socket.
The Problems with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement
However, the metal-on-metal design can result in increased wear and debris generation. As the metal ball-and-joint scrape against each other, tiny particles of metal debris wear off within the patient. These particles can float freely within the joint, embed into nearby tissue, or even enter the bloodstream, wreaking havoc on the body.
- tissue damage
- bone loss
- metal hypersensitivity
Metal hypersensitivity is very common; between 10% and 15% of Americans have it. Most people know somebody who cannot wear some kind of metal without breaking into a rash. But when the metal is inside the body, a tube of cortisone cream won’t help. The internal inflammation can be painful, debilitating, and lasting.
The Pain and Suffering of Revision Surgery
In severe cases, patients require “revision” surgery to remove and replace the hip implant. Patients who undergo revision surgery are placing themselves at risk of anesthesia complications, unexpected bleeding, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis — even death. The surgery is expensive and can leave patients with a staggering medical bill.
“Many hip replacement patients are elderly and live on a fixed income. They should not be stuck with the cost of a surgery caused by a defective product,” says attorney Ron Brown, co-founder of Brown and Crouppen.
Injured Due to a Defective Hip Replacement? Contact the Lawyers of Brown & Crouppen.
If you have been injured due to a defective hip replacement, it may be best to consult an attorney. Call Brown & Crouppen toll-free at 800-536-4357 for your free legal consultation, or tell us about your case with our Free Case Review form. And remember, there’s no upfront cost to you — if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.
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