Hip replacements are a procedure in modern medicine that can help repair a pivotal part of the body, the hip joint. Although revolutionary, the process is not without its flaws and dangers. Medical negligence laws mandate that you are properly informed of the dangers involved with surgical procedures like hip replacements before they are implemented.

The legal and medical community have noted several concerns with the artificial hip joint, particularly with the metal-on-metal implants. It has been discovered that the high level of friction between the metal joints can lead to very serious injuries. This friction can cause metal debris to break off and leak into the bloodstream, causing sever muscle and bone damage and, in some more severe cases, neurological issues. These are all things that need to be explained by your physician prior to obtaining a hip replacement.

If you were never warned of the many possible dangers involved with not only metal-on-metal hip replacements, but also hip replacements in general and you sustain an injury, you should contact a medical malpractice lawyer immediately.

Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements

Modern hip replacements have drastically increased in popularity over the last 40 years. More recently, metal-on-metal designs, commonly referred to as MoMs, have become increasingly popular. The idea behind them is that creating the artificial hip joint out of metal will lead to a longer-lasting implant, which will give people the opportunity to still be relatively active with minimal wear and tear. MoMs are very durable alternatives when compared to the plastic and ceramic counterparts and can withstand a very active lifestyle, but the failure rates and design flaws involved have led to several recalls for metal hip implants over the years, raising eyebrows as to their effectiveness.

Take Action

Although it cannot be directly foreseen whether a hip replacement will lead to an eventual injury, it is possible to  be preemptive and do extensive research before deciding to obtain one. Also, before a doctor conducts any kind of treatment or invasive procedure, they are required to first obtain informed consent from you to engage in the treatment plan or perform any surgery. Failure to do so is an extreme form of medical malpractice.

If you or a loved one has a metal-on-metal hip joint replacement and you have any questions or concerns, call Charlotte law firm Campbell & Associates today for a free consultation with one of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers.

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