Problems with hip joint replacements
- August 8, 2012
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The problem with hip joint replacements has been known for a while and there is now a call for recipients of certain metal hip implant to have annual health checks according to the MHRA – the UK body responsible for regulating medical devices. The problem with these all-metal devices is that, in some patients, they wear down quickly causing possible damage and deterioration in the bone and tissue around the hip. There are also fears that metal traces could be released into the bloodstream. It is this sort of problem that the annual check would pick up on.
How do you know if you have been fitted with a potentially hazardous replacement unit.
In the main it is metal on metal units that are causing the problem; this is basically a metal ball and cup are used to replace the top of the thigh bone and the socket in the pelvis where it sits.
If you feel that this may apply to you then go and see your doctor and get their advice as to what unit was implanted and what, if anything you need to do about it.
The use of a metal on metal (MoM) hip replacement unit, particularly those known as large head units, can lead to the following symptoms:
- pain in the groin, hip or leg
- swelling at or near the hip joint
- a limp or problems walking
These symptoms do not necessarily mean that your device is failing, but they do need investigating.
Any changes in general health should also be reported, including:
- chest pain or shortness of breath
- numbness or weakness
- changes in vision or hearing
- feeling cold
- weight gain
- change in urination habits
If you have suffered as a result of the use of a metal on metal hip replacement unit you may be entitled to claim compensation; to see if Gartons Solicitors can be of assistance or for further information please see our dedicated hip replacement claim website or call Mike Massen on 0113 237 9617