Dangerous Drugs & Devices

What Do I Do if I Discover I Have a Faulty Hip Replacement?

What Do I Do if I Discover I Have a Faulty Hip Replacement?

 

When you undergo a major surgery, you’re putting your life in the hands of the surgeons and doctors who will care for you. But they’re not the only ones you have to put your trust in. You also have to trust that the tools and equipment doctors use are reliable and safe. This shouldn’t be something you have to think about, but it does come up. Unfortunately, one medical device company is under scrutiny for claims that they have produced faulty hip replacement devices.

Stryker Orthopaedics is a company that makes hip implants; however, in recent cases the implants are failing years before they’re supposed to, causing nasty symptoms such as thyroid problems and vision loss.

 

Some other major symptoms include:

 

  • Pain in your hip, leg, or groin
  • Swelling
  • Grinding, squeaking, popping, or other sounds that could be the metal rubbing together
  • Difficulty walking or moving

 

You should also be mindful of the symptoms of metal poisoning which could be brought on by the erosion of metal at the joint:

 

  • Damaged kidneys
  • Depression or other psychological changes
  • Hearing or vision loss
  • Rashes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Cardiomyopathy

 

If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of a faulty hip replacement, you should contact your doctor immediately. Once you have received medical attention, call an attorney right away. Faulty hip replacements are both expensive and traumatic. You should be fairly compensated.

 

At Oxner + Permar, we believe in protecting your safety and comfort and ensuring that you receive fair compensation. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call for a free consultation.