A search of recalls made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the past several years reveals multiple actions related to hip replacements and the materials used to perform them. A few of the problems cited include:
- Doubts about product sterility
- Risk of components breaking during surgery
- Products that don’t meet design specifications
- Manufacturing non-conformance
- Incorrect raw material used which could lead to rusting
- Fracture detected in component
- Manufacturing error that causes risk of lower product strength
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
As we age or after we experience injuries, weight-bearing joints, including hips, may become painful and unable to function as they should. Advances in medical science over the past few decades enable individuals whose hip joints have failed to find relief and renewed movement through hip replacement surgery. Hip replacements were first done in 1960, and many improvements to the process have taken place since then. Today, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that some 193,000 total hip replacements give new joints to Americans every year. However, some of those implant recipients will experience pain and other problems because of defective hip replacements.
Serving victims in Boca Raton and beyond, hip replacement injury lawyer Gregg Hollander and his team of legal, medical, investigative and other professionals have worked together to win the settlements that ensure injury victims – from defective hip replacements, other defective products, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, and other causes – will not lack the medical care or financial support they need.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is the agency responsible for overseeing the safety of medical devices, including those used in hip surgeries. Total hip replacement involves removal of the ball portion of the hip joint and replacement of it with an artificial ball. The socket into which the ball fits also may be replaced with a prosthetic one. The FDA describes four types of total hip replacement devices:
- Metal-on-Polyethylene that uses a metal ball and a plastic or plastic-lined socket
- Ceramic-on-Polyethylene that pairs a ceramic ball and a plastic or plastic-lined socket
- Metal-on-metal, in which both components are constructed of metal
- Ceramic-on-ceramic, pairing a ceramic ball with a ceramic-lined socket
Another type of surgery used to relive the pain and dysfunction of worn or diseased hips is called hip resurfacing. In this procedure, the ball portion of the hip joint is not removed, but is trimmed and then a metal covering is added. If the socket portion of the joint is damaged, it is prepared and a metal shell added.
Based in the Boca Raton area, hip replacement injury attorney Gregg Hollander and his staff know that problems can arise with either kind of hip surgery when the products used are defective. Fractures of surrounding bones, infections, dislocations and other issues may plague recipients of defective implants. If you have experienced these or other symptoms and believe your hip replacement may be causing them, call on the skills of the Hollander Law Firm to investigate your suspicions and ensure that your rights are protected.
In Naples, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and other South Florida communities, Gregg Hollander is a respected attorney with a record of service to accident and injury victims and their families. His personal approach to each case is a source of comfort to Floridians who are struggling in the aftermath of a serious injury. Attorney Hollander knows that serious injuries can be frightening not only for the victim, but also for family members. At the Hollander Law Firm, you’ll find compassionate professionals who know how to help you understand the choices you must make, and how to help you plan constructively for a future that may be very different from the one you’d planned.
Call the Hollander Law Firm to schedule your free and confidential consultation with a Boca Raton hip replacement injury lawyer. Gregg Hollander will explain your rights, listen to your concerns, and provide the informed guidance you need in order to effectively pursue compensation for your injuries. You pay our firm no fees unless we make a financial recovery for you.