Hip replacements often last for 25 years or longer, but complications can affect their longevity. A failed hip replacement device can quickly become detrimental to the user’s health and comfort. Here are a few of the warning signs and risks of a hip replacement device failure.
Signs of a Defective or Failing Hip Replacement Device
Metal hip replacement devices, especially metal-on-metal implants, can fail for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s due to a defect in the medical device itself. At other times, failure can be attributed to how the user moves or bears weight on a daily basis. One of the most common signs that a hip replacement device has failed is pain and/or swelling in the hips, legs, lower back, or groin. Other symptoms include difficulty standing or walking, decreases in flexibility, limping or unusual movements while walking, and creaking or squeaking sounds coming from the hip area.
Unique Risks for Women
Because women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men, they are also more likely to receive hip replacements. Women tend to have wider hips and larger hip sockets, which can increase their chances of experiencing hip replacement failure. Women who have had a hip replacement, especially those who have also experienced bone weakness or mobility issues, should regularly consult with their doctor to ensure that their prosthetic is working as intended.
Additional Risk Factors
Other hip replacement recipients may have an increased risk for device failure and complications. These include people who are especially physically active, such as athletes or patients with jobs that require manual labor. Being overweight or obese can place excess stress on the hips and thighs, which can cause a hip replacement device to fail prematurely.
Hip replacement devices can have issues for a number of reasons. If you suspect that your hip replacement failure was the result of a defective medical device or medical malpractice, the attorneys at D’Amico Law Offices, LLC can help. To schedule a consultation at our office in Pittsburgh, call (412) 652-9300.