No one wants to find that they require hip replacement surgery. Even so, if you find yourself in this position, you don't want to wait too long to take action.
Once your new hip is in place, you can move forward with physical therapy to ensure that you feel as good as new in no time at all.
Unfortunately, the use of the wrong type of replacement system could lead to serious medical concerns in the future.
Metal hip implants
Metal hip implants were designed to be more durable than other types, such as plastic and ceramic. Some patients have found that this is not the case. Even though metal hip systems should last 20 years, some are finding that they have to have another surgery within a few years. The friction between the socket and ball can lead to fast deterioration of the product.
Adding to the speed of the deterioration, this can result in metal particles entering the bloodstream, often leading to metallosis. If left untreated, this can result in bone loss, inflammation, blood poisoning and circulatory issues among others.
Hip revision surgery
While there is no guarantee that a metal hip implant will cause trouble, this is often the case if a person is relying on a system that was the subject of a past recall.
During hip revision surgery, the defective replacement is taken out and then replaced with a model that is safer.
Some of the many brands that have been subject to a past recall include:
-- Zimmer Durom Acetabular Component
-- Johnson & Johnson Adept Hip System
-- Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular neck hip systems
If you have reason to believe your metal hip implant is causing more harm than good, it's time to consult with a medical professional.
Although you may not like the idea of hip revision surgery, you may not have any choice if you want to lead a happy and healthy life in the future.
While focusing on your health, keep in mind that you may also be able to take legal action against the manufacturer and/or your surgeon. By learning more about your legal rights, you can decide what to do next.