Metallosis Hip Replacement

For many of us, having hip replacement surgery is a relief. You regain your mobility, no longer suffering from pain or stiffness. Your life has been returned to you. However, the use of metal-on-metal hip replacement implants can lead to complications and seriously impact your future.

The hip replacement lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have been helping hip replacement patients across the state of Pennsylvania. We understand the suffering you are going through and the anger you must feel. This is why we fight for the injured – to give you a voice against large corporations who placed a faulty product on the market.

The Consequences of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement surgery has been steadily increasing since 2000. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 326,100 hip replacement surgeries performed in 2010, a number that has doubled since 2000. In addition to more replacements, the recovery time has decreased, allowing the patients to return to their lives much quicker.

Many of these hip replacement surgeries use metal-on-metal components, especially in the early 2000s. Many hip implant manufacturers such DePuy, Wright Medical, Stryker, created these devices as a long-lasting option for replacements, especially for younger and more active patients.

But as time progresses, complications begin to arise with these implants. Patients are now affected with various complications metallosis, pseudotumors, and cobalt and chromium poisoning. Although metal-on-metal hip replacements have been taken off the market, they are still affecting thousands today.

What is Metallosis?

Metallosis is a type of poisoning when metallic debris begins to build up in the soft tissue of the body. When a metal-on-metal hip implant begins to grind against one another, debris is released into your system. This will lead to an increase in the levels of metal in your system, causing complications such as tissue and bone death, organ damage, and failure of the implant, leading to revision surgery.

The symptoms of metallosis are as follows:

  • Extreme pain, even when you're not moving
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Dislocation
  • Bone deterioration
  • Muscle and tendon breakdown
  • Loosening of the implant, leading to hip replacement failure
  • Metal toxicity in your bloodstream, affecting your nervous system and heart problems

Metallosis can also lead to a pseudotumor. When your doctor takes an MRI of your hip, a pocket of fluid that looks like a tumor will show up in the images.

These symptoms take time to develop, between nine months and four years. The patient will require revision surgery to remove the metal implant and replace with a ceramic-on-metal or plastic-on-metal implant. This can be a difficult process since the patient may be experiencing weak bones and tissue damage because of metallosis. You could also develop blood clots, infection, and an adverse reaction to anesthesia.

Who Is Susceptible to Metallosis?

There are people who are more liable to develop metallosis than others. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the following could develop a reaction to metal-on-metal hip implants:

  • Patients with bilateral implants (replaced both left and right hips)
  • Females patients
  • Severely overweight patients
  • Very physically active patients
  • Patients with suspected metal sensitivity, especially to cobalt, nickel, and chromium
  • Patients with suppressed immune systems
  • Patients with kidney issues
  • Patients receiving high doses of corticosteroids

How Do I Know if I Have a Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant?

Usually, after a surgery, you receive documentation on what type of implant was used. If you did not receive information, you can always ask your surgeon to find out the manufacturer of your implant. You can also contact the manufacturer.

The manufacturers that used these devices in the U.S. are as follows:

  • DePuy
  • Stryker Orthopaedics
  • Zimmer Holdings
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Biomet Inc.
  • Wright Medical Technology Inc.

What Legal Options are Available to Me?

If you were injured by a metal-on-metal hip implant or developed metallosis, pseudotumors, and/or chromium and cobalt poisoning, there are legal remedies available to you. You can file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer and receive damages which include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment

Our Pennsylvania Hip Replacement Lawyers are Ready to Fight

If you believe that you developed metallosis from a metal-on-metal hip implant, the time in which you file your claim is crucial. The sooner you contact a personal injury lawyer, the greater your chances of receiving compensation.

With a combined experience of 40 years, personal injury lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have been helping injury victims throughout Pennsylvania with their legal cases. We take the time to listen to your concerns, walk you through your options, and help you choose the best course of legal action. We will stand by your side both inside and outside the courtroom, making sure a favorable outcome is obtained for you and your family. We work hard to make sure this never happens again.

The time to act is now. Contact the Pennsylvania hip replacement lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law Firm now to discuss your options regarding the damages suffered as a result of your hip implant.

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If you believe that you developed metallosis from a metal-on-metal hip implant, contact our Philadelphia attorneys now.

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