It’s been discovered that metal particles from hip implants can get into the bloodstream, but it’s unclear whether the levels are high enough to cause problems. This uncertainty caused the Food and Drug Administration to order 21 companies, including DePuy, that make metal-on-metal hip implants to further study the safety of these hip replacement devices, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A particular area of concern is cobalt and chromium getting into the bloodstream. Some patients have had problems with their heart, nervous system and thyroid gland potentially because of metal ions in the bloodstream.
These metal-to-metal hip replacement devices have three metal parts: a ball, a stem in the femur, and a cup in the hip bone. Orthopedic surgeons can actually check the metal levels in a person’s blood stream through blood tests, removing fluid from the joint with a needle or imaging the joint.
If you or a loved one had a hip replacement and are suffering adverse side effects, consider speaking to an attorney about your legal options. Reports are surfacing that some hip replacement manufacturers didn’t even do safety tests before releasing their hip replacement devices to the public.
To learn more, check out this free consumer report about the DePuy hip replacement recall. It illustrates the serious defects of these hip replacement devices.
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