Almost 6 percent of the patients who received a metal-on-metal implant required revision surgery after only five years.
(PRWEB) September 28, 2012
According to the attorneys at Flood Law Group, LLP, individuals who require revision surgery after receiving a metal-on-metal hip replacement system may be eligible to seek compensation by filing a defective hip implant lawsuit.
Complications with metal-on-metal hip implants include early failures, dislocations, loosening of the hip implant, inflammation of the tissue surrounding the implant, damage to nearby tissue and bone, and damage to other organs in the body. Although it has not been proven, some researchers believe the tiny metal ions that shed from the metal-on-metal implants can also lead to heart and neurological problems.
When metal-on-metal hip implants were first introduced, they were welcome by surgeons. The metal components were designed to slide easily against one another. However, since metal-on-metal implants have been on the market, thousands of patients have reported serious complications associated with the metal design.
The problem with the implants is that as the metal components rub against each other, tiny cobalt and chromium ions shed from the implants into nearby tissue. The metal ions can damage tissue, muscle and bone, leading to long term injuries. If the metal ions get into the blood stream, they can also wreak havoc on other parts of the body such as the kidneys, lymph nodes, spleen and liver.
Results from a study, published by The Lancet, show that metal-on-metal hip implants are more likely to need repair than plastic or ceramic implants. British researchers evaluated data from more than 400,000 hip replacements from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales between 2003 and 2011.
Among the hip replacements, more than 31,000 were metal-on-metal. According to the study authors, almost 6 percent of the patients who received a metal-on-metal implant required revision surgery after only five years. This compared to 1.7 to 2.3 percent of patients with plastic or ceramic implants, according to the study.
This is not the first we’ve heard about problems with metal-on-metal hip implants, according to Flood Law Group. Another study conducted by the British Medical Journal and BBC News night found that the metal ions could damage tissue, muscle and bone as well as other parts of the body.
Patients with metal-on-metal hip implants should be aware of the signs and symptoms of complications and should seek medical attention right away if they occur. Symptoms of faulty hip systems include swelling in the hip area; hip, back or groin pain; difficulty standing; a feeling that the hip implant is loose or out of place; and a clicking or popping noise when walking.
The defective hip implant lawyers at Flood Law Group represent hip implant patients who have complications that require revision surgery. The attorneys are offering free case reviews for individuals who believe they may have a claim.
To schedule a free case review with a defective hip implant lawyer at Flood Law Group, please call 1-800-407-8416.