Certain metal-on-metal hip replacements or implants have been recalled or been shown to fail due to the release of tiny metal particles from the metal portions of the implants. The normal movement of the implants causes friction, which can release tiny metal shavings into surrounding tissue and blood. These defective hip replacements include:
- Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System (recalled in 2012)
- Stryker ABG II modular neck hip system (recalled in 2012)
- Depuy ASR XL Acetabular (recalled 2010)
- Depuy ASR Hip Resurfacing system (recalled 2010)
- Depuy Pinnacle (not recalled)
What are the symptoms of a defective hip replacement?
Patients who received all metal hip replacements or implants may experience the following symptoms:
- Pain in the groin, hip or leg
- Swelling at or near the hip joint
- A limp or change in walking ability
Defective hip replacements can cause the following conditions:
- Metallosis (release of metal ions into the tissue and bloodstream);
- Necrosis (premature tissue death);
- Osteolysis (bone dissolution); and
- Pain and loosening of the hip implant.
Metallosis generally results in painful reactions in the surrounding tissue and a high blood metal count. This condition can be evaluated by having your blood tested for high levels of chromium, cobalt or titanium. Necrosis and Osteolysis also result in pain and discomfort in the groin, hip or leg areas.
What can you do?
The NSL Law Firm is currently representing individuals who received the above metal-on-metal hip implants and have suffered any of the symptoms or conditions described above.
If you have suffered as a result of one of these implants, please contact us for a free consultation.