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.