Women And Hip Replacement Recall Complications

If you’ve been following the news on hip replacement recalls and complications, you’ve probably read that women seem to have a higher percentage of such complications than men. And you may have been wondering why this may be the case.

There are several potential reasons for that, but none of them are an excuse for inferior devices. If anything, there’s reason for research to make these hip replacement implants safer for women.

Still, here are some of the potential reasons. Research is still in its beginnings as far as finding out exactly which of these factors are responsible for these dismaying statistics.

Women wait longer with having the surgery

Maybe it’s because some women are used to suffering to some extent, or whether it’s because they feel they are indispensible around the home (or at work), most women wait a lot longer than men until they go in to have hip replacement surgery.

And by the time they do, their hip joints may have deteriorated a lot further than those of comparable men. And with that, the potential of complications can increase. The bone structure may be weakened, and so the implant may end up coming loose more easily.

Women have a less dense bone structure

Women also tend to be smaller and have a bone structure that is less dense than that of men. In fact, many more women have osteoporosis than men as well. These factors can also contribute to potential complications, especially in the long run.

Women are smaller and have broader hips

Finally, there are additional differences between women and men. On average, women are smaller than men, both shorter in height and lower in weight. Yet their anatomy is constructed a bit differently – they have wider hips, at least comparatively speaking. And if they have given birth, maybe several times, their pelvic structure might have become looser.

All these factors can contribute to making a secure hip replacement more challenging. But it’s not destiny. In fact, while women have a significantly higher rate of complications than men, both after hip replacements in general, and especially after having received artificial hip joints that have eventually been recalled, many more women have hip replacements that turn out very successful.

So it’s not that women are at particular danger when they undergo hip surgery. If they have an excellent surgeon and receive an implant that has been proven to be safe, they can already increase their odds.

And if they make sure that they stay active in the years leading up to such surgery, they will ensure that their bones remain more dense. In addition, if they don’t wait until the very last moment before they choose the surgery, their odds may also be improved.

What To Do After Hip Replacement Recalls and Complications?

But what if it’s now after the fact, and you’re a woman who is suffering from serious complications. What if you have received a metal-on-metal hip implant that has been recalled?

First, you need to make sure you talk with your surgeon – and also get some legal advice. Having what’s euphemistically called “revision” surgery can involve a long and painful time of recuperation. You’ll need physical therapy, and help with getting around.

Mostly, those follow-up surgeries are more complicated than the first surgery. That’s bad news, especially since the first round wasn’t a walk in the park either.

Not only will there be additional pain, but also expenses, including loss of earnings and loss of enjoyment of life, at least for a considerable time frame.

And you might be able to be compensated. It won’t make up for it all, but it will help you cope more effectively when you don’t have to worry about money and can hire someone to help you with taking care of yourself and getting around.



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Metal On Metal Hip Replacement Implants Continue To Cause Problems For Many Hip Implant Patients

hip replacement recall patientMetal on Metal hip replacement implants were supposed to be superior to the old kinds of implants. Unfortunately that didn’t turn out to be the case.

Thousands of hip implant patients have learned just what it means to have received an artificial hip that has then been recalled. The thought of having to live through that surgery AGAIN alone can give you nightmares.

Yet if someone has a metal-on-metal implant, they need to continue to closely monitor their symptoms – and get themselves checked by a doctor on a regular basis. The most important aspect may well be to have their blood checked for heavy metal levels.

That’s because patients who have received those metal on metal implants are at high risk for heavy metal poisoning. In addition, this condition doesn’t tend to have easily recognizable symptoms.

Hip implants that may cause problems include the Stryker Rejuvenate implant, which Stryker voluntarily recalled last July (i.e., 2012).

In addition, other Metal on Metal (MoM) Implants include DePuy ASR, DePuy Pinnacle, Write Profemur, Zimmer Durom Cups, and Biomet Magnum.

What to do if you have a recalled Hip Implant? You should be sure to get medical care and also get legal advice, not necessarily in this order.

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Metal Hip Implant Safety Issues – FINALLY Reviewed By FDA

metal on metal hip replacementIt’s about time… After half a million people have received metal on metal hip implants, and hundreds of thousands have had severe problems with those hip implants, the FDA is finally “reviewing” the safety issues that have come up.

Half A Million Americans Have Metal-On-Metal Implants

Why does it take so long? Part of it is that there’s no national registry. Those exist in Australia and in the United Kingdom, where alarms have been raised about metal-on-metal hip implants for a while.

If you have a metal on metal implant, you’re probably familiar with what they are – both ball and socket are made out of metal. It sounded good in theory, but it has turned into a nightmare for countless hip replacement patients.

Metal On Metal Implants Were Supposed To Be Safer…

When they first came out about 10 years ago, they were supposed to be a big improvement over the older implants, which were made out of plastic or ceramic. The idea was that they were less prone to wear and tear and also less likely to dislocate.

But Ten Years Later, They Turned Out To Be Far More Dangerous

Ten years later, it turns out that metal on metal implants may actually be more dangerous than their older alternatives.

Not only did patients have problems with swelling and pain more frequently and much earlier than with the older implants. There’s also the problem of metal poisoning.

Heavy Metal Poisoning – Are YOU At Risk?

Metal poisoning? Yes! As the two metal surfaces rub against each other day in and day out, microscopic particles are released into the surrounding tissue – and into the blood stream. And the heavy metals, cobalt and chromium in particular, are not something you want in your bloodstream.

Why Metal Poisoning Is Flying Under The Radar

The problem is that the symptoms of heavy metal poisoning are not immediately associated with a hip implant. That’s because systemic problems, like fatigue, memory loss, balance issues, and so on can be attributed to all sorts of other sources, and may therefore be misdiagnosed for a long time – while the damage caused by the heavy metal poisoning continues to accrue.

The FDA Is FINALLY Looking Into It…

At least it’s now out in the open, and the FDA actually held a 2-day meeting recently, where they took a closer look at the safety (issues) of metal-on-metal hip implants. What took them so long? After all, patients have been complaining for years, and tens of thousands had to have their hip implants replaced!

The Numbers…

What about the comparative numbers? Well, hip replacements are supposed to be good for at least 10 to 15 years. And while early failure does happen, the number has been generally less than 2%. Not so with metal-on-metal implants. Those had to be replaced in more than 6% of the patients. That’s more than three times as many as was the case with the older models.

Sometimes, progress isn’t progress at all…

In Great Britain, it’s now recommended that anyone who has a metal-on-metal implant should get a blood test at least once a year. The FDA has yet to make such as recommendation.

What You Should Do

What should YOU do? Be proactive! Get your blood checked if you’re one of the half millions Americans who has a metal-on-metal hip replacement implant. As I mentioned above, the symptoms of metal poisoning are often subtle or atypical, so you really need a blood test to be sure – and to catch any problems early.

Which brands of implants are metal-to-metal implants?

Here are the main ones:

  • DePuy ASR and Pinnacle (parent company Johnson & Johnson)
  • Zimmer Durom Cup
  • Stryker Rejuvenate
  • Wright Profemur (and Conserve)
  • Biomet Magnum (and M2A)

If you have any of the above metal-on-metal hip implants, you need to get your blood checked – and you also need to speak with a legal advisor.

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