Surgeons Issue Guidance to Hip Replacement Patients

Total hip replacement has been one of the most successful surgeries in recent decades, restoring movement and relieving pain for hundreds of thousands of patients. However, recent issues have prompted a physicians group to issue new advice regarding hip implants.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has embarked on a major education initiative to advise patients that there are several options for hip replacement implants and to advise potential patients that each has its own advantages and drawbacks. While metal-on-metal hip implants made of a cobalt-chromium alloy often dramatically improve overall quality of life, recent studies have pointed to increasing numbers of adverse effects.

A study in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery chronicled two patients who experienced severe problems until their implants were removed at 47 and 40 months, respectively. Following the surgery, their systems improved. A preliminary report has attributed their problems to cobalt toxicity.

Doctors say they’re concerned about patient health and outcomes and want to ensure patients understand all the risks involved.

“We are actively engaged with educating our members regarding concerns related to (metal-on-metal) hip replacements and working with all stakeholders to determine any risks associated with metal-on-metal hips,” said Dr. Mary O’Connor, president of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

Almost 150 lawsuits have already been filed against the makers of DePuy. Almost every DePuy ASR lawsuit states the early failure of the DePuy hip replacements. If you suspect any of the hip replacement failure symptoms, which include joint pain hip inflammation, walking troubles etc., consult your doctor immediately. Moreover, don’t keep silent and assert your rights via filing a Depuy hip lawsuit. Our personal injury law firm specializes in these cases and our DePuy hip implant lawyer can help you to get medical expenses coverage and compensation for pain and suffering.

Doctors point out that despite the risks of joint-replacement surgery, it has shown to be successful in more than 90 percent of cases. Also, in the event of complications, most can be successfully treated.

Patients who suspect they might have high cobalt levels should immediately consult their surgeon to discuss the value of cobalt level testing. Currently, there is no universal test for cobalt testing and any analysis can be done only in labs specializing in trace metal analysis.