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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Recovery following hip replacements surgery usually takes 3 to 6 months.
- Some metal-on-metal hip implant systems have been recalled.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.