- Symptoms of Hip Problems
- DePuy Replacement Hip Surgery
- Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
- Fretting and Corrosion
Health officials have warned that loose metal debris from hip replacements manufactured by DePuy and other companies may cause tissue damage or other problems in some patients. The Food and Drug Administration has ordered 21 manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip replacements to conduct a safety review of these products based on evidence of an increased risk of hip replacement problems.
During normal use, the metal parts of metal-on-metal hip replacements can rub against each other, causing metal fragments to be shed from the device. These fragments can stay at the site of the implant—causing damage to nearby tissue—or travel into the bloodstream, where they may cause problems with the heart, thyroid or nervous system.
Patients who have experienced unexplained pain or other symptoms that may be a sign of loose metal debris may wish to visit their doctor to see if these problems may be caused by their hip replacement. In some cases, patients who experience problems with their hip replacement may need to have the device replaced earlier than anticipated.
If you or a loved one have experienced problems with a metal-on-metal hip replacement manufactured by DePuy or another company, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.