Are You In Pain Because Of Your Hip Replacement?
Each year there are more than 285,000 total hip replacements are performed in the United States. Usually hip implants improve the patient’s mobility and general quality of life. However, when they fail, the result can be disabling.
A hip joint is made up of a “ball” and a “socket”. The ball is the top of the femur, the thigh bone. It fits into the socket, which is in the pelvis (made up of the two hip bones). This joint can wear down over time or be damaged – that’s when a hip replacement may be necessary.
Several things can cause chronic pain or disability in the hip. The most common cause is arthritis. The cartilage that cushions the joint can wear down with age causing a condition called osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (which generally occurs among women) can also damage the hip. Damage can also be caused by an injury. When the hip is damaged, a hip replacement – or hip implant – may be necessary.
An artificial hip is comprised of three parts: the ball, the cup and the stem. The artificial ball and cup replace the natural ball and socket; the stem is a piece that connects the femur and the artificial ball.
When hip implants fail they can cause serious conditions. Faulty hip replacements are often associated with metal-on-metal implants – that is, artificial hips in which both the ball and the socket are made of metal. With wear, they can produce metal particles that might damage the surrounding bone or tissue. This resulting condition can be painful and should not go untreated.
Many people who’ve suffered hardship because of a faulty hip implant are eligible to participate in a class action lawsuit filed against the manufacturer. They could be awarded damages to compensate for expenses incurred for such things as medical care, the services of a caregiver or transportation.
Some models of replacement hips have been recalled. In 2005, DePuy received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to market the ASR XL Acetabular System without proper clinical trials. However, in 2010 Johnson and Johnson (the aprent company of DePuy) acknowledged that 12% of patients who had received the system required corrective surgery (called “revision surgery”). Later that year, it voluntarily recalled the system.
The Stryker corporation introduced the Rejuvenate hip system in 2009; it introduced the ABG II hip system in 2010. Only two years later it recalled the products due to the likelihood of damaging wear on the systems that could cause an adverse reaction in the body.
Zimmer released a component of a hip implant, the Zimmer Durom Hip Cup, in 2006. By 2008, 12,000 patients had received it as part of a replacement hip. However, it’s estimated that at least 20% of the hip cups sold failed, and Zimmer stopped marketing them in 2008. However, it still has not recalled the product.
If you’ve had a hip replacement, be sure to look out for the following signs:
- sounds, like popping or grinding
- lack of flexibility
- difficulty walking
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