Metallosis and Related Conditions
With the advent of hip implants employing metal components in their construction new, very serious side effects have emerged. Caused by friction between metal parts the process (which is technically called fretting) causes the release of microscopic ions of metal which can adversely impact both local bone and tissue as well as more remote parts of the body if the ions are able to gain access to the patient's bloodstream.
Local symptoms of metallosis include pain at the site of the implant, inflammation that mimics tumors, known as pseudotumors, and at times a rash that suggests that necrosis, or tissue death, is taking place. When the metallosis impacts the bone the condition is known as osteolysis. Metalosis has the potential to impact remote organs when the metal ions are transported through the blood stream to other parts of the body.
While it is possible to be symptom free in the early stages of this metal poisoning, the most common symptoms include:
- Inflammation and significant pain
- Loosening or even dislocation of the device
- Total device failure
- Deterioration of bone at implant site
- Tissue or bone death at implant site
The introduction of metal ions into the human bloodstream are known or suspected to cause a significant number of side effects, including:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Infections and gastrointestinal issues
- States of confusion and other emotional imbalances
- Tingling, burning and numbness in the arms and legs
- Sensory disruptions including problems with sight and hearing
What to do About Potential Metallosis
Weather or not you are experiencing any of the symptoms of metallosis, if you have received an implant containing metal parts, particularly the DePuy ASR, the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II, you should immediately seek a consultation with your doctor or better, seek independent medical advice to determine if you have elevated levels of metal in in your body. Upon a determination of high levels of metal it is generally recommended that the metal hip device be removed without delay.
Obviously undergoing hip revision surgery is not high on anyone's list but given the alternatives you simply have no choice. If left in your body the chances of serious, even life-threatening consequences are too great to ignore. Knowing that this difficult circumstance could have been avoided had the manufacturers conducted adequate testing on their metal hip devices only increases the anguish that most patients now face.
The key to dealing with your situation is to make certain that you gather as much information and advice from parties that have your best interests in mind. Dealing directly with the manufacturer or their paid agents can result in you becoming a victim of corporate greed once again.
For experienced, professional help with this very serious matter please consider talking with our legal team who will be able to answer most of your specific questions. A free consultation with a an outstanding, nationally recognized law firm is your best option for the vital, perhaps life-saving information you need. You owe it to yourself and to your family to be certain that your interests are protected.