When you suffer from the pain and discomfort of a damaged hip, you, like millions of other people, may opt for hip replacement surgery. At Bart Durham Injury Law, we know that an artificial joint can help you resume many of your normal activities. Unfortunately, for some people, the implant can cause an even worse condition.
Metal-on-metal hip implants have become the subject of many product liability lawsuits. These artificial joints use both a metal ball and socket to replicate your hip. Many surgeons opt for these devices because they are expected to last longer than alternative implants.
However, as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons points out, metal hip implants can be problematic when the joint suffers wear and tear. Debris from the device can break off and enter the body, or the surface can become corroded and release metal ions.
As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration points out, there are a number of reactions you could experience if this happens to you, including the following:
- Pain and swelling around the joint
- Renal function impairment
- Dysfunction in the thyroid
- Neurological changes
CBS News recently reported that millions of Americans may be exposed to the toxic side effects of these artificial joints. If you have a metal hip implant and start noticing any adverse symptoms, it is imperative to let your physician know immediately. For more information on what to do if you have a faulty metal hip implant, please visit our page on defective medical devices and products.