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The dangers of metal-on-metal hip implants

Do you have a metal-on-metal hip implant? This is a hip replacement device that utilizes a metal ball joint that fits into a metal socket. These devices were designed to last many years. The problem is that the metal scraping on metal can release metal particles into your body, and this can result in serious health consequences.

Some of the worst medical consequences of metal-on-metal hip plants are:

  • Loosening of the device
  • Bone loss
  • Bone fracture
  • Device fracture
  • Infection

In addition to these effects, metal particles released into the bloodstream may result in a reaction that causes the destruction of body tissues around the implant. This is one way that the implant could become loose and fail. Also, when metal ions go into the bloodstream, it might result in immunological reactions like:

  • Hypersensitivity or skin rashes
  • Neurological changes
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Psychological problems
  • Renal impairment
  • Thyroid disfunction

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released warnings about metal-on-metal hip implants and their dangers. If you have experienced any kind of changes to your health status following the implantation of a metal-on-metal hip implant, the FDA advises you to consult with your physician immediately.

You may also want to consider speaking with a personal injury lawyer about your legal rights and options relating to your problematic hip implant. Individuals who have suffered from health complications relating to a faulty hip implant may be able to pursue legal claims in court to hold a negligent hip manufacturer financially responsible for medical costs, pain and suffering and other financial damages. If successfully navigated, such a claim could help you pay for your medical costs.

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