Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Medical Complications
If you need a hip replacement, the last thing you want is more medical complications. You trust that hip implant surgery will make your life better and improve your mobility – not fill your life with added health problems or the need for additional hip replacement surgeries because the first one failed.
Unfortunately, that's the case for many patients who received a metal-on-metal hip implant. This type of implant has ball and socket parts made of metal, and it is one of the most common types of hip implants used in hip replacement surgeries today. Over 250,000 patients undergo hip replacement surgeries every year – nearly one-third are metal-on-metal hip implants.
If you underwent hip replacement surgery, and you suffered from medical complications, you may have received a metal-on-metal hip implant. The metal parts from the implant may be breaking off and entering into your body tissues or causing other major problems to your health.
Don't let medical bills continue to pile up as you deal with pain and suffering from your metal-on-metal hip implant. Call your doctor to find out what type of hip implant you received. Then contact our Pennsylvania law firm for a no obligation, free legal consultation. You may have a case, but there's only one way to find out.
Common Medical Problems Associated With Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
Studies have shown that metal-on-metal hip implants may cause many different types of medical complications. Some of the most common include:
- Chronic pain around the site of the hip implant, even when not moving
- Inflammation around the site of the hip implant
- Pain, clicking, and grinding while walking
- Bone deterioration
- Problems with other tissues, muscles, and bones near the site of the implant, or connected to the site of the implant
- Metallosis – a condition where the metal parts of the implant rub against each other and break off and enter into the body's tissues
- Pseudotumors – non-cancerous masses of cells that seem like tumors, but are actually a build-up of fluid near the site of the hip implant
- Kidney problems
- Thyroid problems
- Post-implant surgeries
- Hip implant failure
- And more
Sources: "FDA probes issues with metal hip replacements. MSNBC. June 25, 2012.