A completely accurate diagnosis of artificial hip joint failure usually requires surgical examination. X-rays and other types of diagnostics are used to reach a possible conclusion as to why the patient is experiencing physical symptoms or discomfort, but only a visual examination of the implant can be a definitive evaluation.
Reports directly from patients, however, have created a fairly standard check list of commonalities. The consistency in these reports is enough to be a basis for judgment of the hip’s long-term performance. These include, but may not be limited to:
- Pain. Usually the pain is described as being in the hip, groin, or lower back. It’s also possible, however, for the pain to be felt on the opposite side of the artificial hip since the individual has probably changed their stride and posture in an attempt to compensate for the impairment.
- Flexibility. There will be a major decline in physical ability. This usually involves the stiffness or awkwardness. It may also manifest as tiredness, less stamina, or the inability to do normal things, like climbing stairs or walking on a slight incline.
- Perception. Some patients report a feeling of something just being “not quite right”. They describe an odd feeling when starting a motion, like taking a first step or standing up from sitting. Any activity involving weight bearing may cause pain hurt or instability. A slight limp may also develop and worsen gradually until it suddenly becomes noticeable.
In the later stages of a failed artificial hip, increased metabolic activity at the site of the implant is noted. Generally this takes the form of inflammation or even swelling. What is even scarier is that in some of the cases the failed portions of the artificial joint may cause metal particles to break off and enter the bloodstream called metalosis.
In many instances there are no symptoms. If the implant you have is a metal-on-metal hip implant patients should see their doctors for a follow up visit even if they are not experiencing any issues. These implants include:
- DePuy Pinnacle
- DePuy ASR XL
- BioMet metal-on-metal hip implant
- Wright Medical metal-on-metal hip implant
If you have one of these hips it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor and seek the guidance of hip recall lawyers who can help you with your possible case. At Handler Henning & Rosenberg we offer a free consultation so that we may answer your questions and help you decide on the best course of action to take. Feel free to call us to set up your free no obligation consultation 1-800-448-4164.Tweet