Creaking, cracking, inflammation or feeling perfectly fine can all be signs of a normal or failed hip device. Unfortunately the only tell-tale sign of a failed hip implant is immobility, but are there any warning signs?
As a Charleston DePuy hip recall lawyer , I've heard patients report a standard "check list" of indications of a failed hip. These include, but are not limited to:
- Pain - Discomfort in the hip, groin, lower back or opposite hip from altered stride
- Perception - The feeling that something is "not quite right" and a uneasy perception of instability
- Flexibility - A decline in physical skills, stiffness or awkwardness
- Inflammation/Swelling - increased metabolic activity at the site of the implant
If you have a hip implant that was recalled, there are other signs you could look for, based on what the recall was for. Such is the case with the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL device, which reportedly has been linked to mettalosis from metal particles breaking off and entering the bloodstream. The only way to check if you have been affected by mettalosis is to get tested by your doctor.
However, there are not always physical symptoms of a failed implant. It is important to visit your doctor if you suspect something is wrong. If you have a hip implant that prematurely failed, you should contact a North Charleston personal injury lawyer .