Metal-on-metal hip replacements emerged as a more durable alternative to traditional hip replacements. Ironically, some studies have shown that metal-on-metal hip replacements are actually less durable and expose patients to dangerous levels of metals as the devices break down. If you have experienced, or are experiencing, life threatening complications of a metal-on-metal hip replacement, James F. Humphreys & Associates is prepared to review your case.
About Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
Traditional hip replacements are made from combinations of ceramic or plastic. Over time, these replacement devices break down and need to be replaced. This leads to multiple surgeries and therefore multiple exposures to the risks and recovery of surgery. Medical device companies worked to develop an alternative metal product designed to lengthen the time between surgeries. However, some studies are showing that patients with metal-on-metal replacements may need surgery within just a few years to remove, fix or replace the device. Additionally, patients may experience dangerous metal toxicity as the device wears out over time.
People with metal-on-metal replacements are experiencing dangerous side effects, such as:
- High levels of chromium and cobalt in the blood
- Bone loss
- Clicking, popping or grinding in the hip
- Difficulty and pain when walking or standing
- Dislocation of the implant
- Failure of the device
- Hip fracture
- Metal flakes in the blood
- Necrosis (cell death in tissue near the implant)
- Severe pain
- Swelling of hip and surrounding area
These side effects can be painful and potentially fatal, and often require the removal of the metal-on-metal hip.
If you or a loved one experienced a serious side effect from a metal-on-metal hip replacement, James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. will provide a free consultation on your case. If you are experiencing the above side effects or other side effects, you should immediately contact your medical provider.
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Although there have been reported injuries with this device, the FDA has not withdrawn its approval at this time. Do not stop taking a prescribed medication without first consulting with your doctor. Discontinuing a prescribed medication without your doctor’s advice can result in injury or death.