What Dangers Could Be Lurking in Your Hip Replacement?
Hip replacements are one of the most common orthopedic procedures. Over time, certain medical conditions and old age cause our hips to deteriorate, causing pain. Hip replacements help alleviate pain and suffering while increasing mobility. Modern medicine allows us to live longer, healthier lives, and hip replacements afford older citizens the ability to live out their lives with less discomfort. However, artificial hips are not without their complications. If you or someone you love have suffered as a result of being the victim of a hip replacement, don’t hesitate to contact a Savannah hip replacement lawyer at Roden + Love.
Why Would I Need a Hip Replacement?
The hip is a ball-and-joint socket that connects the pelvis to your leg. It’s covered with cartilage, with is a softer tissue that allows your hip socket to move freely (your nose and ears are also made of cartilage). When you walk, cartilage allows for a smooth, pain-free movement. A hip without proper cartilage is like a car brake without pads: your body, just like your car, loses its ability to perform effectively. Several conditions can cause your hip cartilage to deteriorate:
- Osteoarthritis, which occurs with time and use. It’s most commonly seen in older adults, but can occur in younger adults from overuse.
- Rheumatoid arthritis or Psoriatic arthritis, both of which are autoimmune diseases that break down tissues around the joint. This can occur in younger and older adults.
- Post-traumatic arthritis, which happens after a serious injury to the hip, like a fracture.
- Avascular necrosis, which is a condition in which blood supply is limited to the hip, causing wasting.
- Any childhood hip disease, especially dysplasia, that is not effectively treated.
No matter what the underlying cause, your doctor may recommend a hip replacement if your current level of pain and stiffness is keeping you from enjoying everyday activities. Your hip replacement may be:
- Total, in which both the ball and socket are replaced by metal parts;
- Or partial, in which either the ball or socket needs to be replaced.
Your physician will provide you with their recommendation based on your current level of pain, condition of the joint, and available insurance coverage.
What are the Risks of Hip Replacement?
No surgical procedure is without risk, and hip replacements are no exception. The older you are, the riskier surgery becomes. Some of the associated risks include:
- This may occur around the prosthesis and can happen just after surgery or years later. A minor infection can be treated with antibiotics but a more invasive one might require your hip replacement be removed.
- Blood Clots. All surgeries increase the risk of blood clots. Your doctor may require you to be on blood thinners following surgery to avoid this complication. Blood clots can lead to life-threatening events like stroke or heart attack.
- Leg length differences. Sometimes, a prosthesis may make one leg longer or shorter than the other.
- Your prosthetic limb may become dislocated, but this is rare. Fixing a dislocated limb may require additional surgery.
Certain brands of hips, like the Stryker hip, have been recalled in recent years because they have caused complications like dislocation and pain during walking. Be sure to review all of the pros and cons of hip replacement with your orthopedic surgeon before arriving at any decision.
Complications from Hip Replacements
Unnecessary complications from a hip replacement can cause a lifetime of consequences. If you’re dealing with daily pain, recurrent infections, or problems with dislocation, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer or physician who completed the procedure. To assess your case today, call for a free initial consultation. Our skilled Savannah injury attorneys have extensive combined successful experience handling hip replacement cases and will review the facts of your case and let you know of your best next steps. Don’t pay for someone else’s negligence. To schedule a case evaluation, please contact us.