If you are one of thousands of patients who received a metal-on-metal hip replacement system, it is imperative that you know the warning signs for problems many patients are suffering. Follow up with your doctor on a regular basis. Contact a Tavares Hip Implant Lawyer at Oldham & Smith if you experience any problems or discomfort.
Following are answers to three FAQs:
- How often do I need to follow up with my hip implant surgeon?
Blood tests and imaging procedures will indicate if there are problems with your hip implant. Follow ups will be determined by your orthopaedic surgeon based upon your individual circumstances. Communicate with your doctor if you begin to feel any discomfort, or if you have any concerns. Some signs of problems include pain, swelling, numbness and/or difficulty in walking.
- What are other medical side-effects that may occur with a metal-on-metal hip implant?
All hip implants are known to have a few adverse side-effects for some patients. Infection and joint dislocation can cause great pain and will need a doctor’s attention to remedy. Some reports have shown that metal particles released due to friction may cause a reaction around the hip joint. This reaction may lead to deterioration of the soft tissue surrounding the joint; and in turn, loosen the implant and cause the device to fail. The metal particles, or ions, can enter the bloodstream and cause a negative reaction to the nervous system, heart and thyroid gland. Any adverse reaction needs immediate medical attention.
- What chance do I have of developing a negative reaction to my metal-on-metal hip implant?
Current reports show an upward trend in issues with the metal-on-metal implants. Most of these devices have been recalled for modification or discontinuation. Each medical case is different. Consult with your doctor to evaluate your risk.
Any hip implant problem may require follow up surgery. If you experience any negative side effects from your implant, contact a Tavares Hip Implant Lawyer at Oldham & Smith for a free consultation to prevent having to pay for additional medical care related to your hip implants.