What You Should Know About Defective Hip Implants
Getting older is a part of life and you can’t avoid it. That means there’s a possibility that you won’t be able to avoid some of the injuries that come along with age either. Some injuries result in a need for surgery, and as we get older, the need or surgical replacement of one or both of your hips may become a reality. But what happens when you have a hip replacement and it results in further pain, suffering or injuries?
You may not realize that one of the serious, although uncommon, complications of having a hip replacement is that there could be something wrong with your new hip. Recent reports in the news have indicated that more and more people are suffering from defective hip replacements and it’s important to understand the risks associated with hip replacements so you can make the right choice for you and avoid serious injuries.
What Happens With Defective Hip Replacements
If you have a hip replacement and it is defective there are many different types of problems that you may experience. Some of these issues and complications may be immediately noticeable while some other problems may cause serious injuries long before you know that there is a problem with your hip implant.
- If your hip replacement will not stay properly attached to your other bones, it may slide around and become loose, causing pain and additional problems.
- If your hip replacement breaks it may cause fractures and breaks in the bones that surround it and that it has been attached to.
- If your hip replacement dislocates due to loosening or another issue, you may experience grinding and rubbing on your bones, ligaments and muscles that will cause significant pain.
- A defective hip replacement can also result in a significant increase in your pain that is unexplained and can’t be readily seen on X-rays.
If you think you might have a defective hip replacement you should make a visit to your surgeon right away. If a defective hip replacement is discovered you may have a case for a personal injury lawsuit against the surgeon or against the company that developed your hip replacement.