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Biomet Hip Implant Failure
If your hip implant has failed prematurely, you should speak with one of our defective hip implant lawyers about filing a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries and suffering. If you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact us today.
Hip Implant Failure Symptoms
The follow symptoms may indicate your hip implant is failing. You should contact your doctor if you experience the following:
- Pain in the hip, groin, or lower back
- Limping or problems walking
- Popping or squeaking noises when you walk
- Difficulty rising from a seated to a standing position
- Swelling around the hip joint
- The feeling that the hip is out of place
Other symptoms may occur if the metal particles shed from the friction of the implants rubbing together lodge in parts of the body distant from the hips. Problems can arise in the:
- Heart: In this case a person could have chest pain or feel short of breath.
- Nerves: This might be indicated by numbness, weakness, or changes in hearing or vision.
- Thyroid: Thyroid problems may present themselves as fatigue, weight loss, or changes in vision or hearing.
- Kidney: Changes in urinary habits might be a sign that the kidneys have been damaged.
Causes of Failure in Biomet Hip Implants
One way an artificial hip begins to fail or loosen is that the metal parts comprising the implant rub against each other and cause small particles of metal debris to shed from the implant and inflame surrounding bone and soft tissue. This tissue inflammation can cause the implant to loosen or create an infection. Swelling might occur near the site of the implant. Patients whose implants loosen would feel pain and have less range of motion.
Or, hip implants can simply loosen or dislocate over time. The implant surfaces wear down and surrounding bone also weakens. This loosening causes pain and a loss of range of motion. The loosening and seeming "melting away" of the bone is called osteolysis. On X-rays these bones look like they have holes in them. Previously it was thought that the holes in the bone had to do with the cement used to fasten the implant in place, and the condition was called cement disease. It is now known that the cement is not the problem.
If the implant is a revision prosthesis, in other words if this is the second device to be implanted because the first one failed, the surgery is more difficult to perform. The damage to surrounding bone and soft tissue in the area of the implant make inserting another implant harder for the surgeon to accomplish. For this reason, the doctor often wants the patient to go as long as possible before replacing the implant.
In addition, a revised implant generally does not last as long as the first one. Patients find that recovery is more difficult and takes longer.
Fracture of the surrounding bone or the prosthesis is another cause of implant failure. Other causes are due to a defective design or manufacture of the implant. Some implants have been recalled due to defects that have caused them to have a high failure rate. Most recently is the DePuy ASR™ XL Acetabular System.
Contact a Defective Hip Implant Lawyer
If you have had problems with an original hip implant or with a replacement implant, there is a good chance you may be reimbursed for your pain, suffering and loss of income and a normal daily life. You should speak with a defective hip implant lawyer now to discuss your situation and the chances for filing a successful lawsuit.
To schedule a free case review, please contact us today.