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Getting hip revision surgery is a big decision that should make your life easier. A hip implant should reduce pain and difficulty moving. However, certain hip implants, particularly those that have a metal-on-metal design, can actually cause additional injuries and complications, instead of solving your health problems. In some cases, metal-on-metal hip implants have been subject to product recalls due to the risks associated with them. These risks include the possibility of cobalt-chromium toxicity as well as the chance of implant failure.

If you have had a hip replacement and have heard of the potential dangers of some devices, then you may have questions. You may wonder whether you are at risk for these serious side effects or what you should do if you have a recalled device. Below, the hip implant defect attorneys from Kershaw, Cook & Talley answer some common questions about cobalt-chromium toxicity and dangerous hip replacement systems. If you do not see your question below, then please feel free to contact us for more information.

Common Questions About Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

What are the dangers of metal-on-metal hip implant design?

Certain hip replacement systems feature a metal socket as well as a metal ball replacement for the top of the femur. As you move, these metal surfaces rub together; over time, this friction results in degradation and microscopic particles of metal may be released into the bloodstream. This can cause metallosis or cobalt-chromium poisoning. Additionally, many of these metal-on-metal implants loosen from the bone. This can cause pain, difficulty moving and even total implant failure.

What are common metal-on-metal hip implants?

Several different companies have marketed dangerous metal-on-metal hip implants. Some of the most common makes and models include:

  • DePuy Pinnacle Hip
  • Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular Hip
  • Stryker Rejuvenate
  • Stryker ABG II
  • Wright Profemur
  • Stryker Accolade
  • Wright Conserve Plus
  • DePuy ASR Acetabular Hip
  • Biomet M2A Magnum

Some of these hip implants have been subject to product recalls. However, some have not, and thousands of patients may still have these defective implants.

How do I know if I have a metal-on-metal hip implant?

As a hip replacement recipient, you may not know exactly which make and model of implant you have. As a result, you may worry that you have a recalled or defective model. The best way to find out which hip implant you have is to contact your orthopedic surgeon directly and ask. Otherwise, you may request a copy of your medical records from the hospital. If you need assistance with figuring out your hip implant type, then a lawyer can step in.

Will my doctor tell me if I have a metal-on-metal implant?

In many cases, your doctor may not tell you that a metal-on-metal implant is causing your symptoms and pain. Therefore, if you are a hip replacement recipient, then you should go to any appointment knowing what questions to ask your doctor. Understanding the risks and taking steps to get as much information as possible can help you make an informed decision about your health.

How do I know if my hip implant has been recalled?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keeps a record of all product recalls, including medical device recalls. Once you determine which type of implant you received, you can check the make and model against the FDA’s database. Alternatively, a defective medical device attorney can advise you on current recalls. Additionally, you may have grounds for a claim even if your particular hip implant was not recalled.

What are the symptoms of cobalt chromium toxicity?

Cobalt-chromium toxicity can cause a variety of symptoms and side effects. These include vision and hearing loss as well as nerve damage and cognitive impairment. For details, review the cobalt-chromium facts provided by our attorneys.

How often should my doctor perform blood tests for metal poisoning?

If you have a metal-on-metal hip implant, then it is important to stay alert for signs of metal poisoning. You should work closely with your orthopedic surgeon to determine the best course of treatment for your situation. Depending on the circumstances, your doctor may simply monitor the cobalt concentration in your blood to ensure it remains at safe levels. You should ask your doctor how often blood tests should occur. If you are worried about your doctor’s advice, seek a second opinion. Otherwise, our attorneys may be able to advise you on common timeframes.

What happens if my hip implant fails?

Hip implant failure is one of the most serious risks associated with metal-on-metal implants. The implant may loosen from the bone, causing pain and difficulty moving. Failure occurs when the bone breaks or the implant pops out of the socket. Treating hip implant failure is a painful, costly process. Therefore, if your implant failed, then you should speak to an attorney to learn your compensation options.

Should I get revision surgery to remove my metal-on-metal implant?

If you have a metal-on-metal hip implant, then revision surgery may be inevitable. However, you may not need a second surgery right away. Always consult your orthopedic surgeon for medical advice about your particular circumstances. If your doctor does not recommend revision surgery but you feel you may need it, then seek a second opinion.

What is Broadspire and why are they contacting me?

Broadspire is a third-party claims administrator that DePuy and Stryker hired to handle the high volume of claims against them. They function like an insurance claims adjuster – but remember that they work for the hip manufacturers, not you. Therefore, if Broadspire contacts you, then you should speak to an attorney to protect your rights.

Can I file a lawsuit for a failed hip implant?

Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a lawsuit for hip implant failure. If defects in the design or manufacture of the implant contributed to your injuries, then the manufacturing company may be liable for your injuries.

More Questions? Contact Our Hip Implant Attorneys for Answers

If you have additional questions or concerns, then contact the experienced attorneys at Kershaw, Cook & Talley today. We have experience with these types of claims, so we are happy to give you perspective or answer specific queries. Call 916-520-6639 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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