Defective Hip Replacements May Lead to Long-Term Health Issues

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New research suggests that defective hip replacements may cause adverse health effects in some people, even after they are removed.

According to USA Today, new research shows that debilitating problems from all-metal implants may continue for years. Mathias Bostrom, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City said that damage occurs in the body when pieces of the hip implant rub against each other and lead to the breaking off of metal debris that becomes stuck in nearby soft tissue and blood entering the blood.

The FDA said that inflammation and tissue death may occur around the joint and toxins entering the blood may affect the nervous system and heart.

Researchers from the American Society of Hip and Knee Surgeons released a technology review in December 2011 that found metal on metal hip replacements had higher rates of revision surgeries compared to other types of implants.

Signs of hip implant failure include swelling, pain or the onset of a limp.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by an unsafe medical device, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation.