Hip replacements surgeries are medical procedures in which some or all of the hip joint is replaced with artificial parts. This can be performed due to injury, erosion of the hip joint, or deterioration of the joint/tendons. The procedure can be performed under many different variations. These include:
- Total or partial replacement of the ball/socket joint
- Reconstruction or resurfacing of some of the bone (the “ball” part of the joint)
In some cases, hip disease or injuries can be very painful due to bone-on-bone contact or due to a weakening of the surrounding muscles. Hip replacement techniques usually involve some sort of metal implant or metal-based parts to replace the joint.
Are There Any Legal Concerns Associated with Hip Replacement Surgeries?
Recently, there have been a number of health concerns and legal issues associated with hip replacement procedures. Hip replacement procedures are relatively new, and long-term effects have not been thoroughly documented. This is especially true for some of the newer techniques that involve metal parts. Some issues with hip replacement procedures include:
- Metal toxicity or defects: cobalt, titanium, or some sort of alloy may be used; these can sometimes leak into the blood system, causing poisoning, tumors, and other side effects.
- Sensitivity to the metals being used.
- Difference of leg length (the length of a leg may often change after a hip procedure).
- Fractures or dislocations.
- Metal on metal implant failure (loosening or weakening of the metal components).
Research indicates that dislocations after the procedure are the most common side effect of hip replacement. While metal toxicity or sensitivity is less common, the reported cases often involve more serious side effects.
Lastly, some complications can arise in cases where a hip replacement needs to be removed or corrected. During such processes, small pieces or fragments of the old replacements can get left behind, causing risk of infection, disease, or other dangerous side effects.?@
What If I’ve Been Injured Due to a Hip Replacement Procedure?
In some cases, you may be able to recover damages for injuries resulting from a hip replacement procedure. This may require a legal filing in which the court reviews evidence and calculates a damages award for the plaintiff. In addition, some specific hip replacement products have been subject to recall. If so, you may be entitled to compensation in connection with the product recall.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Hip Replacement Issues?
Hip replacement surgeries can often lead to certain complications or issues. You may need to hire a qualified personal injury lawyer if you have any issues or complaints regarding hip replacements. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and representation for your issue. It may be possible for you to receive compensation for costs such as medical expenses, hospital bills, and other expenses.