An English woman is suing the manufacturer of her metal-on-metal hip replacement system claiming the implant poisoned her and left her disabled.
In 2007, Jane Webb, who suffered from osteo-arthritis, had surgery known as hip resurfacing, a type of operation generally offered to younger patients as an alternative to full joint replacement. The implant was expected to last 15 to 20 years. However, in September 2003, doctors discovered high levels of metal in her blood – a type of blood poisoning known as metallosis. Her hip implant was failing, corroding right inside her body.
Doctors performed surgery to remove and replace the defective implant. However, this time doctors had to cut away damaged tissue around the joint space, and she needed a full hip replacement. But the injuries she suffered from the defective implant caused the new implant to dislocate, requiring more surgery. Jane now must wear a large hip brace and says she is “virtually housebound.”
“I had good years (after the hip resurfacing operation) but when it started to go wrong, it was menacingly awful,” she told the South Wales Argus. “I can’t drive, shower, do anything one takes for granted on a day-to-day basis.
Jane has become one of thousands of people in the United Kingdom as well as the United States who have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants claiming the makers of the implants should have conducted safety tests to determine the safety and efficacy of the devices before they were mass marketed around the world. Some lawsuits have been settled, but for many, including Jane, the fight for justice has just begun.
“I feel very bitter,” Jane said, “like I have been robbed.”
Source: South Wales Argus