The demand for hip replacements is skyrocketing. And in the coming years, more and more people will be undergoing artificial hip replacement surgeries–not just to replace their failing hips, but to replace defective metal-on-metal hip implants that have failed because of design defects, especially in young people. Leer este artículo en español.
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Until recently, these types of large-diameter metal-on-metal hip implants were rarely used. But in the last couple of years they have become the norm for hip-implant surgeons. A new study just released in Canada shows that these types of metal-on-metal hip replacements are more likely to fail within the first five years than other types of implants. As a result, for many of these patients their hip implant surgeries that were undertaken to improve their lives have in some cases destroyed the quality of their lives.
Experts disagree on why the metal-on-metal hips fail, but one thing is certain: when they do, they release tiny microscopic fragments of metal directly into the patient’s blood stream, causing a condition called metal poisoning, or metallosis. Typically patients experience leaking, swelling, pain, and extreme fatigue.
REVISION SURGERIES TO FIX FAILED HIP IMPLANTS
Patients whose artificial hips have failed often need to undergo early replacement surgeries. These surgeries are significantly more difficult to perform and require much longer recovery periods. Studies have also shown that the costs of revision surgeries are more than those of the initial hip replacements, and patients undergoing revision surgeries typically stay in the hospital an average of 17% longer than patients undergoing their initial surgeries.
SUING A HIP IMPLANT MAKER
Lawsuits against the manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip replacements are mounting across both the United States and Canada. Currently, our hip implant law firm has filed lawsuits against both Stryker, the manufacturer of the Rejuvenate and ABG implants, and Johnson and Johnson’s DePuy, for its Pinnacle implants.
Most of the people we speak to about their possible hip implant cases are uncertain what kind of implants they actually have. Our office provides a free consultation and medical-record review to help people understand their potential cases. We do not in most cases sue the patient’s surgeon, as we believe that companies like Stryker hid important information about the design defects associated with their replacement hips from both doctors and their patients. Instead, our focus is directly on holding the hip implant manufacturers accountable for the following:
- Pain and suffering.
- Lost wages in the past and future.
- Medical expenses.
- Pharmacy bills.
- Additional household services such as drivers, house and lawn keepers.
- Loss of the capacity to enjoy life.
FREE CONSULTATIONS FOR HIP IMPLANT VICTIMS
If you have undergone a hip implant procedure in the last 5-10 years, please
email me , Spencer Aronfeld, or call our hip injury law firm in Miami at 305-441-0440, or Toll Free 1-866-597-4529 today. We are at present passionately representing hip claimants in cases across Florida, Texas, California, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Wyoming, Kansas, Utah, and Michigan, and we want to help you.