Posted on: August 16, 2010
A patient may experience multiple symptoms with a failing hip implant, or none at all. As a hip replacement recall lawyer , I’d like to provide some reminders of what a patient may feel if they have a failing hip implant device:
1. Pain near the hip – Pain is often reported near the artificial hip, groin or lower back.
2. Pain on the opposite side – Pain could emanate from the hip opposite from the implant from unconsciously putting a heavier stride on their stronger side.
3. Weight-bearing pain – Strenuous activities cause pain and sense of instability.
4. Limping – Although the limp may feel sudden, it could be a result of stride compensation, possibly causing degeneration.
5. A “wrong” feeling” – An awareness of an indescribable awkwardness when instigating a movement such as taking a first step or rising from a chair.
6. Decreased flexibility – Stiffness, awkward movement, or inability to perform normal movements, such as climbing stairs.
7. Fatigue and decreased stamina – Normal activities become tiring as patient is working harder to overcome failing device, possibly without realizing it.
8. Noises emanating from the hip – Squeaking, while a common sound in a normal-functioning hip, can also signify a degrading prosthetic.
9. Inflammation or swelling at the implant site – One of the later symptoms, signifying advanced deterioration.
10. No symptoms – Sometimes x-rays or recalls of prosthetic are the only ways a patient knows they have a failing device.