Total hip replacement is a surgery in which the ball and socket of the hip joint are completely removed and replaced by a prosthetic implant. Total hip replacement can be conducted to relieve arthritis pain or fix severe physical joint damage. If a person’s hip has been damaged in a construction accident or an automobile crash, they may opt for total hip replacement surgery.
Some hip prosthetics may be harmful to the recipient and cause a number of complications. Some manufacturers may create defective hip prosthetics, which can cause pain and suffering to the person that underwent hip replacement surgery. Concerns are being raised about the potential dangers of metal on metal prosthetics. Metal debris from the hip replacement may cause severe pain and disability that would warrant a second surgery.
The recall by Johnson & Johnson of DePuy Orthopedics hip implants shows the dangers of artificial limbs not fitting right, resulting in pain, swelling and problems when walking. Recent studies show that a second corrective surgery is required if the patient is experiencing complications from the hip prosthetic. It is the manufacturer’s responsibility to create a product that is not defective. New York product liability lawyers are advising patients who received the defective implant transplant to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.