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10 Things to Know About Hip Implants

Written by Ankin Law Office

Every year, several Americans receive a hip replacement implant. The following are 10 things you should know if you are considering receiving a hip implant.

  1. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the most common reason for hip replacement is osteoarthritis in the hip joint.
  2. Other common health conditions for which a hip implant may be appropriate include: rheumatoid arthritis (a disease that causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling); osteonecrosis (a disease that causes the bone in joints to die); injury of the hip joint; and bone tumors that break down the hip joint.
  3. Hip implants are not recommended for individuals with a disease that causes severe muscle weakness, Parkinson’s disease, a high risk of infection, or poor health.
  4. After hip replacement surgery, people usually spend 3 to 5 days in the hospital. Shortly after the surgery, patients meet with a respiratory therapist and a physical therapist. The respiratory therapist may ask you to breathe deeply, cough, or blow into a device to check your lungs. The physical therapist will teach you how to sit up, bend over, and walk with your hip implant.
  5. Recovery following hip replacements surgery usually takes 3 to 6 months.
  6. Some metal-on-metal hip implant systems have been recalled.
  7. Symptoms of a failed hip implant system often include pain in the groin, hip or leg; swelling at or near the hip joint; and a limp or change in walking ability.
  8. In July 2012, Styker Othropedics announced that it was recalling its Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Implant Systems and discontinuing global production of the implant systems.
  9. In 2010, two hip replacement systems manufactured by DePuy Orthopedics (a division of Johnson & Johnson) – the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System –were recalled due to a higher-than-normal failure rates associated with the devices and complaints that many patients were experiencing serious side effects from the hip replacement systems.
  10. If you suspect that your hip implant system is causing medical problems, such as swelling or pain, you should see your doctor immediately.

You may also wish to consult with a skilled hip implant attorney as you may be entitled to compensation for injuries in a product liability or medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact the Chicago product liability lawyers at Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (844) 600-0000 to learn more about the risks associated with hip implant systems, particularly metal-on-metal him implants such as the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Implant Systems.

Categories: Hip Implant Recalls