The process of having a metal-on-metal hip implant installed is a painful one, with a long recovery period that will almost certainly affect your life and livelihood. And as you recover, you may start to notice certain side effects and complications relating to your implant. Some of these are perfectly normal, but others are not.
Many metal-on-metal hip implants have been recalled by the FDA for complications that can lead to injury. Most hip replacement surgeries have positive outcomes, but others may not. These poor outcomes are often due to defects in the metal-on-metal hip replacement that cause it to malfunction. And when this happens, the victim could be forced to undergo revision surgery, sometimes multiple times.
How can you identify when a metal-on-metal implant, like the DePuy Pinnacle implant, may be defective?
Watch for the following symptoms:
- Extended periods of numbness
- Severe pain in the hip or groin
- Signs of infection, such as redness or discharge
- Changes in walkability
- Strange noises
- Changes in the function of your joint
- Symptoms of metallosis
It is possible for years to pass between your replacement surgery and the onset of symptoms related to defects. If you notice any of the above symptoms and have had a hip replacement, seek medical attention. It could be a sign of defects that can lead to further pain and suffering. Call Kershaw, Cook & Talley for a free legal consultation to determine your options at (888) 522-2372 or fill out our online contact form.