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Corries Solicitors are currently acting for over 600 claimants who are suffering as a result of being fitted with a faulty metal on metal hip implant.
The NHS have now banned metal on metal hip implants from all hospitals. It has become clear that poor design of the metal joint has led to unacceptably high failure rates, in some cases as high as 43%. Surgeons across the world are reporting loosening of the joint, flaking metal particles and toxic metal ions leaking into the bloodstream.
Metal on metal implants were introduced as an alternative to ceramic implants. However around 2010, doctors across the world began to notice an exceptionally high failure rate. The numbers requiring revision surgery were rising and has continued to rise ever since.
As the metal joints rubbed together toxic metal particles were being released into the bloodstream. The high concentrations of metal ions was causing damage to tissue, muscle and bone. In some cases the joint was flaking and loosening causing pseudo tumours, inflammation and pain. As a result most manufacturers have recalled metal on metal hips. The MHRA (the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency) has issued safety alerts and patients are being advised to see there doctor and arrange an annual check-up.
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Symptoms are caused by the metal on metal hip replacement eroding and in some cases flaking, leaving a build up of debris inside the hip. This debris can cause serious permanent damage to muscles and bones.
- Inflammation and pain
- Loose hip cups
- Clunking or grinding when walking
- Pseudo tumors
- Metal poisoning
The metal on metal moving part can erode and flake and this can cause metallosis, a toxic condition where amounts of chromium and cobalt can be released into the blood stream. Patients have reported symptoms ranging from rashes to headaches, nausea to nerve damage. Often the symptoms can seem to be completely unrelated to the hip replacement but if left untreated can cause lasting damage and pain.
Contact your doctor
Patients who know they have a metal on metal hip replacement are advised to contact their doctor as soon as possible.
In a large number of cases revision surgery has been recommended.
We are currently pursuing compensation claims for over 600 clients. Compensation claims include:-
- Pain and suffering caused by the faulty ASR
- Pain and suffering as a result of the revision surgery
- Loss of earnings
- Care and Assistance provided by family and friends
- Travel expenses to attend medical appointments
- Medical expenses
If you think you might have had a metal hip replacement but are not currently suffering any symptoms please contact us to go on our register. This will help to protect your legal position should the hip fail in the future.