The lawyers at Jenner Law have vast experience in orthopedic medical device cases. We are currently engaged in a number of defective medical product investigations on behalf of clients who have been injured as a result of these products.
The incidence of hip revisions is constantly rising, with an estimated 300,000+ hip replacements performed every year. In fact, almost one million hip replacement surgeries have been completed nationally in just the past five years.
An artificial hip procedure addresses hip joint deterioration that is causing pain, stiffness and poor mobility. The parts of an artificial hip are largely composed of three general materials:
- Metal: Cobalt-chromium or titanium
- Ceramic: Smoother than polished metal, but more brittle and breakable
- Polyethylene: Used in the socket part of the hip joint
Combinations of components are referred to by various terms such as metal-on-metal, metal-on-ceramic, ceramic-on-ceramic, metal-on polyethylene and ceramic-on-polyethylene. The problem is that each combination carries its own unique risks and possible complications.
Some of the most common complications of defective hip replacement materials or placement can include:
- Chronic pain that does not abate as the surgery heals
- Implant site fracture
- Bone loss
- Metal toxicity
- Dangerous blood clots
- Hip material detachment or working loose
If you would like to speak to an experienced orthopedic injury attorney, give us a call. The call and the consultation are free.
The United States District Court for the District of Maryland has named ROB JENNER as Liaison Counsel, and KATIE KERNER to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, for the Smith & Nephew Orthopedic Hip Replacement MDL in Baltimore (MDL No. 2775). Rob also serves on the Essure Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee of the California Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings in Oakland, California (JCCP 4887). He is also Co-Lead Counsel for the Gilead Tenofovir Cases (JCCP 5043); Liaison Counsel for the Zofran litigation (MDL) in Boston; and Liaison Counsel for the Smith & Nephew BHR hip implant litigation (MDL) in Baltimore.