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Wright Medical Hip Implant Lawsuits
To find out if you qualify to file a defective hip implant lawsuit against Wright Medical Group, contact our defective hip lawyers today.
Who Might Qualify for a Hip Implant Lawsuit?
There's a good chance you would qualify for a hip implant lawsuit if you currently are experiencing problems with your implant or you have needed revision surgery to replace your original implant. A variety of problems are causing hip implants to fail in three to five years after implantation instead of the usual ten to 15 years that implants last.
Signs and Symptoms of Failing Hip Implants
Among the first symptoms that something is wrong with your implant is pain. You may have pain in your hip joint, buttock, your lower back, or your knee. The feeling that something is out of place or just not right can be another symptom that your implant is failing.
Difficulty walking, instability, problems with balance, or limping may also indicate your implant is loosening or failing. If your implant squeaks when you walk, this could also mean that the implant is having problems.
Sometimes the diagnosis of implant problems requires medical tests or procedures. These include:
- A physical exam by your doctor can help with the diagnosis of problems. Your doctor may be able to identify a change in your level of pain. The doctor might find swelling of the knee. Swelling of the hip is another sign, but may be more difficult to detect. Warmth or redness of the joint may indicate infection.
- X-rays can provide important information about the implant's stability. X-rays also can detect loosening, movement of the implant compared to previous exams, or a line between the prosthesis and the cement or bone, which could indicate degradation of the bone and implant. Comparing X-rays taken over time can identify these problems or areas of bone loss. A series of X-rays should be taken to identify joint failure early on.
- Laboratory tests also may yield important information about the condition of your implant and body. These could include a complete blood count, an erythrocyte sedimentation rate and a C-reactive protein test, which could help to diagnose infection.
- Removing fluid (aspiration) from the joint and testing it may also indicate that an infection is present.
- Bone scans using short-acting radioactive isotopes such as Technetium99 can detect certain bone activity, including infection, fracture, and irritation. A scan with Indium111 can also spot infection.
Talk to a Lawyer Today
You should contact a lawyer who can help you decide if you qualify for a lawsuit to recover compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of normal life activity. An attorney familiar with hip implants will know the law as it applies in these cases and will understand the underlying medical and implant problems that might be causing your problems.
To learn more, schedule a free consultation today.