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For thousands of artificial hip patients, the catastrophic side effects of faulty hip replacements came as a shock. They were told the hips would last for decades, be strong and flexible and help them to live more active lifestyles. None of it was true.
Instead, hip implants have been known to fail within a few years of implantation, causing intense pain and discomfort for the patients. Today, thousands have suffered the ill effects.
Welcome to hipreplacementfailure.net. We understand the trauma that faulty hip implants cause and can help. Our skilled patient advocates and attorneys can guide you to your best solution.
Symptoms of a Failed Hip Implant
For most hip implant patients, the signs and symptoms of failure start slowly -- a twinge of pain and some clicking noises. It’s when those pain twinges become chronic and the clicking is replaced with dislocation that the situation becomes serious. The initial symptoms can be telling:
- Grinding noise at hip joint
- Reduced range of motion
- Inflammation and swelling at joint area
An artificial hip failure means that the metal-on-metal components are grinding together, causing a release of metal ions into the bloodstream. Called metallosis, this medical condition is the result of microscopic pieces of chromium and cobalt being released. This causes a cascade of medical problems:
- Pseudotumors -- These fluid-filled sacs form at the joint area and cause pain and pressure.
- Chronic Pain -- This is felt throughout the body, including the muscles and other soft tissue.
- General Malaise -- Generally feeling unwell.
- Brain Fog -- A feeling of confusion and forgetfulness.
- Gastrointestinal Problems -- This includes constipation, diarrhea and gas.
- Infections at hip site
Side Effects and Complications
The problems with hip replacements have become so profound that some physicians are calling for some of them to be completely banned. They say the worst side effect -- metallosis -- can cause debilitating complications. In addition to the previously mentioned medical conditions, metallosis also causes the surrounding tissue to become necrotic, or die. This dying tissue turns black and must be surgically removed. A sign of necrosis is a rash over the locations of the dying tissue.
Even after the problematic metal hip is removed, the problems with metallosis continue. It can lead to cobaltism, an overdose of cobalt in the blood stream and heavy metal poisoning.
Researchers who have followed metal hip patients for a decade found that cobalt, chromium and titanium levels were all elevated. In one case, a 56-year-old woman developed metallosis after her hip replacement surgery and was diagnosed with “progressive sensory disturbance, hearing loss, and hypothyroidism.” She was diagnosed with axonopathy, which is a disruption in the normal functioning of the axons. Once the problematic hip implant was removed and replaced, her symptoms improved.
The body naturally has chromium levels at about 0.19 mg/L. Some patients who were studied had elevated metal levels nearly 4 percent from the baseline levels. Because there is no medical treatment for metallosis, those who have elevated levels should undergo revision surgery immediately.
How Can We Help
The serious complications that result from problematic hip replacements can be confusing and painful. Patients and their families are urged to seek sound medical and legal counsel for these problems.
Often, hip manufacturers try to get injured patients to accept a monetary sum for their injuries. While this could be enticing, it typically is not enough to pay for the injury repairs and future damages. They also require patients to sign a waiver preventing future litigation.
Before you sign any documents, contact our specialists today for more information. We can help you protect your future.
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