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Hip Replacement Dangers and Difficulties

| Oct 29, 2010

Hip replacement surgery is a complicated procedure that involves anesthetics and an incision 8 to 10 inches long, but it comes with a 95% success rate. That high success rate is necessary because of all the complications and dangers that come with each hip replacement revision surgery.

However, while the success rate is high, recalled or faulty devices could still cause an early need for hip revision surgery. DePuy Orthopedics ASR XL patients experienced an early failure rate of 12-13% within the first five years of having the implant, compared to the industry standard 5%.

As a North Charleston personal injury lawyer , I take hip revision surgery due to a recalled device very seriously because of the potential complications from the surgery.  Some of those complications include, but are not limited to:

  • Formation of blood clots from immobility
  • Respiratory issues from pieces of fat from the bone marrow get into the bloodstream and move to the lungs where they cause serious breathing problems
  • Infection and bleeding
  • Numbness due to nerve damage
  • Bone breaking or splintering
  • Post-surgical dislocation

When an implant fails early, the dangers will continue for a lifetime, as each revision surgery gets more complicated. If you or a loved one have been affected by an early-failing hip implant, contact a North Charleston personal injury lawyer .

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