Before the DePuy hip replacement recall, everyone thought hip replacements were medical miracles. So significant are the quality of life gains that the British Orthopaedic Association declared that only cataract surgery improved patients’ quality of life than hip replacements. Instead of suffering in pain, 250,000 people in the United States receive a new hip each year.
Dr. Edward Schwartz of the Schwarz Lab for bone loss research at the University of Rochester stated, “Wear debris generated from the implant stimulates inflammatory cells to promote osteoclastogenesis and bone resorption. [This bone loss] can be found in up to 20 percent of patients ten years after primary surgery, leading to implant failure and need for revision arthroplasty.” In other words, many hip replacements fail no matter how good the orthopedic surgeon was.
Unfortunately, those who received one of the implants in the DePuy hip replacement recall are far more likely to experience a hip replacement failure. Here are some symptoms:
- Discomfort, dislocation, and clicking sounds caused by grinding between the ball and socket
- Bone loss (resorption) from inflammation may weaken the anchor between the implant and the bone, leading to pain, difficulty walking and reduced range of motion
- Release of metal ions, cobalt and chromium, which can cause severe tissue damage, including nerve and brain damage
- A failed implant is harder to remove and replace than one that has lasted the typical 15 years. Revision surgeries in these circumstances are more painful, and recovery takes longer.
Even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms, you should consult your physician to check on your implant. You may undergo x-rays, blood tests, and other tests to determine whether there is any inflammation, tissue damage, and metal toxicity. After that, a consultation with a lawyer from the Rottenstein Law Group will help you learn your rights and what kind of compensation you can expect from a hip replacement lawsuit.