Sally Gration was barely 50 in 2006 when she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and underwent a hip replacement surgery. The surgery went well and Sally began looking forward to a life without pain and disability. Artificial hips can last 20 years or more before they need to be replaced. But four years after surgery, Sally began experiencing excruciating pain in her hip. Around that same time she received word from the hospital where she had the surgery that the metal-on-metal hip implant she received had been recalled by the manufacturer because of safety concerns and high failure rates.
Before Sally could make her next appointment to see her surgeon to determine the extent of the problems caused by her recalled hip implant, she suffered a sudden hip dislocation. It took two hours for paramedics to move her because she was in so much pain and discomfort. Last May, surgeons removed Sally’s defective hip implant and discovered the extent of her problems.
Most hip implants are made of ceramic or plastic parts, but beginning in the mid 2000s, manufacturers began making the implants with all metal parts with the idea that the material would be more durable. However, as the metal parts of the implant rub together, bits of metal debris can fall into the joint space, damaging tissue surrounding the implant. The pain and inflammation can cause the implant to fail, leading to dislocations, fractures and loosening.
What surgeons also discovered is that the metal bits that flaked off the all-metal artificial hips were getting into the bloodstream and causing some people to suffer from a type of blood poisoning known as metallosis. Short-term problems associated with metallosis include fatigue and headaches, but the long-term risks are unknown. Some researchers say the metal can damage the DNA, which could lead to serious health complications, including cancer.
Sally was a victim of metallosis, and surgeons had little choice but to completely remove her artificial hip. She was confined to her house, unable to walk, until November, when she underwent another surgery and received a ceramic hip implant.
Sally, like thousands of other people around the world who have been injured by the defective all-metal hip implants, has hired an attorney and is seeking compensation for her pain and suffering.
Attorneys at Beasley Allen Law Firm are currently investigating cases of injuries caused by defective hip implants.
Source: Manchester Evening News