Hip Replacement – Making manufacturers accountable
Hip replacement is an increasingly popular surgical procedure that is routinely prescribed for seniors and in some cases even younger age groups. This procedure promises greater mobility and reduced pain. A quarter of a million patients in the US opt for this surgery annually. Unfortunately on occasion, faulty replacement products can add to the problem and result in complications which instead of reducing pain results in the exact opposite.
Hip Replacement Complications
The problem with hip implants and their failures leading to pain and suffering or revision surgery is usually the metal on metal shavings that are produced by friction in products, though hip replacement failures also occur in other products. Metal on metal failure happens when the metal ball and metal socket slide together causing metal to wear off. Too much pressure on the joint will also lead to wear and tear. Metal on metal replacement was considered more durable than other products (metal on polythene, ceramic on ceramic or ceramic on metal) in the market. Recent reports seem to indicate that many of these claims were overblown. Even the most successful recipients of metal on metal hip replacement products seem to show that they have internal injuries as a result of metal particles worn off their implant, causing a severe inflammatory reaction known as metallosis. This reaction can destroy soft tissue, blood supply to the femur and muscles in certain cases. At times these metal particles make it into the bloodstream causing illness and injury in other places. A Cobalt Toxicity Report from 2010 indicates that patients may suffer rashes, headaches, irritability, shortness of breath, memory loss and tremors. Other symptoms may include fatigue, feeling cold, or abnormal weight gain.
Hip Replacement and Product Liability Law
Manufacturers who design hip replacement products have what is in legal language termed as product liability. It is there responsibility under law to ensure safety design and to test their products properly before allowing the product to come on to the market. Consequently they are to be held accountable for any faulty products that they market, through compensation for their negligence. This area falls under tort law which covers that part of civil law that is not covered by contract. Manufacturers’ liability is covered under this.
In 2010, a major manufacturer had recalled its metal on metal implants. In May 2011, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had ordered 22 metal on metal manufacturers to provide for an ongoing monitoring mechanism for toxicity. One manufacturer which used a ceramic on polyethylene replacement also experienced problems due to metal on metal articulation.
What are your options in the event of a hip replacement failure?
If you or a loved one has experienced hip replacement failure, it is important to document everything and take it to a product liability attorney, preferably one who specializes in product liability cases for orthopedics. A consultation with a torts lawyer is usually free and product liability lawyers work on contingency fees. A lawyer will be best able to advise you keeping in mind the facts of your case.
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Q:What can I do if artificial hip surgery had adverse effects on me?
A:If the artificial hip surgery affected your health adversely, you can gain legal support and protection for it. You will have to document everything and take it to a product liability attorney, preferably the ones who specializes in orthopedic cases. A lawyer will give you advice based on the details of your case.
Q:A few of my family members had hip replacements and are now experiencing health complication. Can I sue the manufacturers?
A:Yes, you can seek legal help in this matter. There are many lawyers and attorneys working in this specialization area. It is necessary to determine that the health complications have been in fact caused by the hip replacement. A lawyer will look into you case and determine the severity of the damage.
Q:Can you give me some hip replacement information?
A:Hip replacement is basically a surgical procedure in which a diseased or broken hip is replaced with artificial hips. The main purpose of a hip replacement is to restore mobility and function of the hip joint. Over 300,000 people undergo hip replacement surgeries every year in the United States. You can take a look at our page to find out more about hip replacements.
Q:Why do some people undergo hip replacement procedures?
A:Hip replacement surgeries have increased in recent years. This is a surgical process through which a damaged or diseased hip join is replaced with a prosthetic joint. People who undergo this treatment usually have issues with mobility, tumors, inflammation of the hip joints, osteoarthritis, injury/fracture, or stiffness. Hip replacements help store mobility and allow patients to gain full function of the joints.
Q:What is an artificial hip?
A:Some people suffer from hip joint problems that reduce mobility and functions. In such cases, the patients undergo a hip replacement surgery in which the damaged bone is replaced. This is known as an artificial hip. The main function of an artificial hip is to increase mobility and allow patients to live actively.
Q:What are the main symptoms of hip problems?
A:Hip problems can arise due to many different factors. In some cases, tumors and diseases cause the bone problems. Some people experience pain, inflammation, and stiffness of the hip joint, which ultimately reduces their mobility. It is always recommended to see a doctor if such symptoms arise. Take a look at our page for more information.