Wright Medical Hip Implant Revision Surgery

Hip revision surgery may be necessary for a number of reasons. When a hip implant must be removed and replaced with another prosthesis, this is called revision surgery. The normal hip prosthesis is expected to last between ten and 15 years. For various reasons, however, implants fail and must be replaced.

Revision surgery is sometimes necessary when the implant loosens. Initially, the implant was firmly attached to the bone either by cement or because some implants are made to enable bone to grow into the implant surface. Through wear, the implant loosens, causing pain, deformity or instability.

Another reason to perform revision surgery is when infection occurs at the implant site. Bacteria may attach to the surface of the implants. A different blood supply because the tissue has been operated on may make the body poorly prepared to fight infection. If the patient's body must fight infection all the time, eventually it may weaken to the point where the patient's life is endangered.

If the implant dislocates, that is, if it pops out or moves from its position, this is another reason a patient would need revision surgery. The hip implant dislocates in about one in 50 patients. Dislocation may have a number of causes. These include:

  • Loosening of the implant
  • Inadequate soft tissues
  • Impingement (deformity of the joint, limiting range of motion)
  • Patient overactivity (usually occurs in younger patients)
  • Patient noncompliance with the surgeon's instructions for post-surgical activity
  • Obesity
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Previous hip fracture
  • Poorly positioned implant during first surgery

Numerous hip prostheses which had design defects have been recalled by the companies that manufactured them. The metal-on-metal design is an example of a defect of the original implant.

Signs of Failing Hip Implants

Indications that a patient might need revision (corrective) surgery include:

  • Breakage of the implant
  • Creaking and popping noises when walking
  • Difficulty when rising to standing from a sitting position
  • Dislocation of the implant
  • Inflammation and infection of bone and soft tissue at the implant site
  • Metal toxicity from the cobalt and chromium shed by the implant
  • Pain in the hip, groin, thigh, or lower back
  • Pain limiting the patient's ability to walk and move freely
  • Sensation that the hip is out of joint
  • Shedding of particles from the implant into nearby tissue as well as into tissues and organs distant from the implant site

Compensation May be Available for Patients Who Need Revision Surgery

If you or a loved one has needed hip revision surgery, you may qualify to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer, the surgeon, or the operating facility. The pain and suffering that accompany revision surgery and recovery are substantial.

Our hip implant lawyers represent individuals who have been harmed by hip implants manufactured by Wright Medical Technology and other hip manufacturers. To find out if we can help you, contact our defective hip implant lawyers today.

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