An unacceptably high rate of implant failure has led to the recall of nearly 11,000 Profemur Varus/Valgus artificial hip parts.
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Hip replacements are done for people who have hip damage that causes pain which interferes with daily activities and does not respond to other types of treatment. The conditions that can lead to hip joint damage are:
The three basic types of total hip prostheses are:
All require the removal of the diseased hip and replacement with artificial parts.
The metal and plastic implant has metal parts to replace the ball and socket portions of the joint, with a plastic insert between. The metal-on-metal implant has metal parts for the ball and socket parts of the joint, but there is no plastic spacer in between. The ceramic-on-ceramic hip replacement uses ceramic parts to replace the ball and socket.
More than 231,000 total hip replacements are done annually, records of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons show. Fewer than 10 percent of these operations require hip revision surgery, meaning a second procedure to address problems with the original hip replacement.
The metal-on-metal implants do not wear out as quickly as the metal and plastic implants, but it is not certain if they last longer in the patient. The metal-on-metal implants shed tiny amounts of metal debris that can cause local inflammation or cause problems with migration to other parts of the body.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required manufactures of metal-on-metal hip implants to study the effects of the metal debris in patients.
The ceramic implants, which are both smooth and hard, seem to have an advantage in terms of longevity, except in cases of what is called catastrophic failure. The latter occurs when the prosthesis suddenly breaks within the body because of the brittleness of the ceramic material.
Ceramic implants are the most recent type of hip implants being used. Therefore, long-term data regarding their efficacy are lacking compared to information about metal and plastic or metal-on-metal implants.
If you are among the approximate 10 percent of patients needing hip revision surgery, you know about the pain, suffering and expense of needing surgery to remove your original implant and replace it. Plus, the revised hip often does not work as well as the original hip implant.
You should contact a hip replacement lawyer as soon as possible to discuss the possibility of being compensated for your pain, suffering, loss of work and more. Our defective hip implant lawyers offer free case reviews for people who require a second surgery due to a failed hip implant.
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