FlintLaw – GENERAL
The Dangers of Hip Replacements
Metal-on-metal hip replacements have an interlocking ball and socket joint which creates friction causing metal shearing, a process that releases metal particles into surrounding tissues and the bloodstream. As a result, patients implanted with defective hip replacements experience high levels of chromium and cobalt in the bloodstream, necrotic tissue, damaged bone and infection.
Symptoms of metallosis can include:
- General hypersensitivity reaction (skin rash)
- Neurological changes including sensory changes (auditory, or visual impairments)
- Psychological status change (including depression or cognitive impairment)
- Renal function impairment
- Thyroid dysfunction (including neck discomfort, fatigue, weight gain or feeling cold)
On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication warning of the risks of metal-on-metal implants. In addition, many hip replacements have been recalled due to their defective nature.
Hip Replacement Side Effects
In addition to metallosis, many hip replacements fail to function properly and require revision surgery.
Other people have experienced pain, swelling, and joint dislocation. If you have a metal-on-metal hip implant and have experienced any of the side effects mentioned above or below, please call our firm:
- Implant Failure
- Revision Surgery
- Elevated levels of cobalt and/or chromium in the blood
- Diagnosis of metallosis
- Loosening of the device