Hip replacements can be necessary when a person’s hip causes them pain that interferes with daily life. Surgeons will look at your hip joint and determine which parts are too damaged and causing you pain. From there, they’ll remove those parts and replace them with an artificial joint that will ease the pain and allow them fuller use of the ball in socket joint.
According to the FDA, there are four different material combinations that you could have in a hip replacement device. Your hip implant could be metal-on-polyethylene, ceramic-on-polyethylene, ceramic-on-ceramic, and ceramic-on-metal. Polyethylene is the scientific name for plastic. Which type of implant you get will depend on which load-bearing system would work best for your body and its needs.
Your doctor will work to determine exactly which hip implant will be best for you in your hip replacement. However, if they chose one of the devices that has since been recalled, you could have had problems. At Frost Law Firm, our California hip replacement lawyer is here to help you.
Current Hip Replacement Recalls
When a medical device is recalled, it can have negative effects on the patients who already have the device in their body. With hip replacements, a recall would mean that the patient could have suffered complications, problems with the device, pain, and will likely have to endure another major surgery to have it replaced.
This can completely disrupt a person’s life and finances, which is why lawsuits are actively being filed against defective hip replacements. Here are three current lawsuits that you might want to take part in if you received one of these brands and models in your replacement, and the problems involved with each product.
The Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant has had a recall issued since July 2012. In this particular model, the neck that connects the head that fits inside the socket and the stem that attaches to the thigh bone can corrode. This fretting and corrosion occurs where they connect. Since this section of the device is made of Cobalt Chrome, the pieces of metal shed from the corrosion can be harmful to the surrounding tissue and get into the person’s bloodstream.
If you received this medical device in your hip replacement between 2009 and 2013, then you could use the help of our California Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant lawyer so you can be part of the lawsuit and get what you deserve for what you’ve suffered.
Another one of Stryker’s products, the Stryker V40, was recalled in November 2016. In this device, the problem was with the head that goes into the hip socket. The lock for the head would fail, which caused patients to have inflammation, complications, and even dislocations of the joint that was supposed to be stronger than ever.
If your hip replacements used this product between the years 2006 and 2012, then you could be part of the lawsuit. Our California Stryker V40 hip implant lawyer is here to help you get compensation for your damages.
Zimmer M/L Taper or M/L Taper with Kinective Technology
Finally, the Zimmer M/L Taper or M/L Taper with Kinective Technology were recalled in June 2015. The metal used in both the stem and the neck of the hip implant have cytotoxicity levels that are higher than allowed. This means that the parts are toxic to cells, which could cause damage or even death in surrounding cells. One of the side effects of high cytotoxicity are tissue death and necrosis.
If your hip replacement used one of these devices, then you could use legal help. Our California Zimmer M/L Taper or M/L Taper with Kinective Technology hip implant lawyer can assist you in joining the class action lawsuit and recovering compensation for the injuries and damages you’ve suffered from the defective product.
Signs Your Hip Implant Is Defective
You might not be sure what specific device was used in your hip replacement. Or if you do, you might be wondering what specific symptoms could mean that your hip implant is defective and could be causing you further damage. Here are some of the signs that your recalled medical device is harming your body:
- Swelling in the hip or leg area
- Pain in the groin, hip, or leg
- Change in walking ability
- Popping, grinding, clicking, or squeaking in the hip joint
- Allergic reaction
- Joint dislocation
Experiencing one or more of these symptoms can leave you with even more problems than before you got your hip replacement. You deserve comfort, which is why you should take part in the lawsuit. Our California hip replacement lawyer is here to represent you through this difficult time in your life.
If you don’t have any of these signs or symptoms, it can still be beneficial to know if your implant could become defective. Checking for recalls of your medical devices can keep you up to date and get you in on defects right away.
Other Problems in Hip Implants
Another problem that has been identified in hip implants is an early failure warning for the Exactech Connexion GXL Hip Implant Liners. These liners are made of polyethylene and are intended to allow the newly implanted socket components to work together smoothly and minimize friction. Unfortunately, these liners have a design flaw that leads to them deteriorating earlier than expected.
This defect leads to discomfort, pain, and further surgeries to correct the problem. If your hip implant contains one of these liners, it could disintegrate as soon as one year or up to five years after the replacement. Experiencing hip pain, stiffness in the joint, trouble walking, weakening of the joint, and limited range of motion could all point to your lining disintegrating.
After consulting your doctor, you could use the help of our California hip replacement lawyer. We’re here to guide you through the process of joining lawsuits to get you the compensation you deserve.
The Attorneys at Frost Law Firm, PC Will Support You
Realizing your hip replacement isn’t as sturdy as you thought can be devastating. You expected to feel better, but instead you end up feeling worse and needing another surgery. You shouldn’t have had to experience all of this. That’s where our California hip replacement attorney comes in.
At Frost Law Firm, PC, we’re dedicated to getting victims of defective and recalled hip implants the justice they deserve. We’ll fight to get you in on the class action lawsuit you’re eligible for and ensure you’re supported every step of the way. Reach out to our office today so we can get started on your claim right away.