In today’s world, medical implants have grown in popularity. They are designed to create a better life. Millions of people a year have a medical device implanted and unfortunately there are some implants that are faulty or defective. With a faulty or defective implant it can lead to extensive pain and suffering and additional surgeries to either remove or fix the implant. Medical implants go through extensive clinical research as well as trials.
Only after approval by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) can a medical device be placed on the market. Medical implants can range from tubes in the ear, heart stents, brain stents, and hip replacements. Often times, a patient might not even know they have a defective device until it is recalled or they experience the negative consequences that are associated with it. Among most of the devices that are implanted the most common one to cause complaints and pain is the hip replacement. The procedure is completed by an orthopedic surgeon and the purpose of the procedure is to repair hip sockets that have been damaged or injured. By replacing and repairing the hip it will allow the patient to move around freely and regain normal motion of the hip.
A hip replacement generally consists of three components: the Femoral Stem, the Femoral Head, and an Acetebulum. Inside a patients thigh bone is where the Femoral Stem is placed and attached to that is the femoral head. The femoral head is located inside the Acetebulum. The success rate is high with hip replacements and with standard wear the device can last anywhere from 10-30 years. Common problems associated with a hip replacement implant include: infection, a broken thigh bone or bones existing around the replacement, a fracture of the implant or the implant becoming lose, and the wearing out of plastic parts.
There have been unfortunate cases where patients have complained or reported faulty devices in the first two years of the replacement. When there are various complaints regarding the same implant a recalled is placed. A failed implant can have several symptoms such as pieces of the components filling the bloodstream,( this can be life-threatening due to parts of the metal being toxic), the placement gets dislodged or dislocated, and the breaking of the surrounding bones. It is suggested and highly advised to seek legal counsel if you or someone you know has been affected by a defective hip replacement. An experienced personal injury attorney will have the skills needed to seek restitution regarding the faulty replacement.
They are familiar with medical litigation and will effectively arrange adequate compensation for unnecessary pain and suffering. You have the legal right to work with an attorney to begin a faulty hip replacement lawsuit in association with any faulty medical device. Complications involved may include undue pain and suffering, lost wages, the toxins of the device in the bloodstream effecting your on your general health and quality of life. It is important to know that with a defective medical device that you are the victim, seek legal counsel without delay.