The reverberations of the DePuy hip recall that was issued last year continue throughout the country. For example, last month NPR published a story on the latest actions by the United States Food and Drug Administration to look into the safety of all metal-on-metal hip implants. The request was made not just of DePuy but of about 20 different manufacturers of the medical devices.
This latest request of more information about the consequences of these devices comes amid a flurry of complaints by those who may have suffered serious injury because of complications following their hip replacement surgery. The FDA is specifically asking these companies to report more detailed information on how long the hips last and the side-effects that some patients are experiencing.
Hip implants come in a variety of forms, with many using ceramics, plastics, and metal in various ways to help replace the ball and socket of a hip. Of course the type devices in question are solely made of metal with both the ball and socket rubbing together in use. One of the main problems with the device is that the artificial joint may emit tiny particles of metal into the surrounding bloodstream and tissue. This particle release often results in infection, necrosis, infection, and allergic problems. If enough metal is released into a patient’s bloodstream, the product may also cause cardio and neurological problems.
Experts encourage all hip replacement patients to be mindful of potential changing in feeling around their implants, such as numbing or swelling. If changes do occur, it is vital to visit with a doctor to ensure that no long term complications develop.
Our Chicago hip implant lawyers at Levin & Perconti believe that all medical devices should be safe for use in patients. It is not unreasonable for these patients to expect the maker of these devices to take necessary caution when designing new products that may have life and death consequences for hundreds of thousands of patients across the country.
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