Metal-on-metal hip implants were once touted as a safe, effective and long-lasting treatment for hips that have been damaged by injury or some types of arthritis. These implants are supposed to last 10-15 years. Many patients receiving artificial hip implants are over the age of 55. But over time, these hip replacements can wear down, and patients that have received metal-on-metal implants, such as DePuy or Stryker models, can suffer a variety of painful side effects – some of which may start to manifest much earlier than they should.
Unfortunately, many recipients of metal-on-metal hip implants may require revision surgery when the hip implant begins to cause pain or other symptoms. Surgeons may have a variety of reasons for recommending a revision, which involves removing a previously-placed implant and placing a new one in the patient. These surgeries are more invasive than the initial surgery and involve longer recovery periods. Some reasons for revision may include metallosis secondary to the release of cobalt and chromium ions due to metal-on-metal friction between the ball-and-socket parts of the implant. Others include infection, dislocation, loosening and even device fracture.
Treatment options may involve resurfacing the ball-and-socket parts of the hip, but some patients may not have this option and could require total revision. As mentioned above, this revision will require lengthy rehabilitation and hospitalization. This road is long, difficult and costly.
If you underwent revision surgery as the result of a defective hip implant, you have options. Often, companies that manufacture recalled or defective hip implants can be held liable for expenses incurred during repair or revision of these products. Speak to an attorney experienced in representing victims of recalled hips if you believe that implant defects caused your pain and suffering. Call Kershaw, Cook & Talley at (888) 635-3970 for a free consultation with our defective medical device attorneys.