Which Hip Implant Do You Have?

Metal-on-metal hip implants, as well as a few modular hip models, have come under recent scrutiny for their potential to cause metal wear debris. Metal wear debris is an adverse effect from movement, friction, metal corrosion (metal oxidation), and metal ions released from the device. This causes severe pain, swelling, limited range of motion, joint effusion (an abnormal build of fluid around the joints), inflammation, and osteolysis (bone loss). These symptoms, and more, stem from malfunctioning and poorly implanted devices. The type of hip implanted into your body can determine whether or not you have a case.

Contact your orthopedic surgeon directly with a phone call, or other contact method, in order to establish the correct type and name of your hip implant. In many instances, the surgeon, or his assistant, will pull your file and tell you over the phone exactly what type of hip you have.

However, we realized surgeon’s offices are very busy and are not always responsive to patient’s requests for information. If this happens, the best approach is formally requesting a copy of your medical records from either your surgeon or the hospital where your surgery was performed, in writing. By law, both your doctor and the admitting hospital are required to provide you with your records.

The next step after receiving your medical records is to establish which hip prosthesis was implanted into your body. There are generally two places where this can be found. First, begin looking for a document called an “operative report.” An operative report is a written report that describes in detail what your surgeon did, and observed, during your hip operation. Most of the time, the operative report will list the make and model of the prosthetic hip used in your surgery.

If the operative report does not adequately describe the type of hip that was used in your body, look for the “product ID stickers.” Whenever a hip prosthesis is used in surgery, each component of the hip comes in a box with a detachable sticker affixed to it. The sticker has a bar code and identifies the make, model, and serial number for the enclosed parts. Many surgeons detach the stickers from the box and then simply attach them to a piece of paper that is inserted into the patient’s medical records. The document with the product ID stickers will tell you exactly what type of hip was inserted into your body.

Based on our research, the following metal-on-metal hip implant devices may contribute to elevated cobalt and chromium blood levels. Here are a few questions to ask your doctor to assist you in your effort to manage your health concerns. If you, or a loved one, was implanted with a potentially defective device or other device model you believe is causing elevated metal levels, please contact us.

Getting the help you deserve

Do you have an advocate looking out for your best interest?  At Kershaw, Cook & Talley we represent hundreds of hip replacement patients who, for decades, continue to rely on our knowledge and expertise in fighting and winning cases against manufacturers that put defective medical devices on the market. All it takes is 3 simple steps! Start by sharing your story with us through our free evaluation form on this page or give us a call toll free at 888-817-2527 for a confidential case review.

At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, we look forward to serving you and your family.



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