Signs of a Failed Hip Implant

Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina

In order to accurately diagnose hip implant failure, you need to be surgically examined. X-rays and other types of diagnostics can be used to make an educated guess about whether or not your implant has failed, but in the end, only a direct visual examination of the hip implant itself can provide a definitive conclusion.

However, based on reports from patients, the following symptoms tend to indicate hip implant failure.

Hip Implant Failure: Signs and Symptoms

Pain is one of the most obvious symptoms of hip implant failure, or potential failure. Usually, this pain is located in the hip, lower back, or groin. However, you may also feel pain on the opposite side of your body, since you have most likely changed your posture and stride to compensate for your impairment.

Other signs of a failed hip implant include:

  • Reduced flexibility – Stiffness, awkwardness, and difficulty climbing stairs or walking on an incline can all indicate potential failure.
  • Limp – Many people with hip implant failure develop a limp over time. You may not even notice this limp at first, but it will gradually become more obvious.
  • Difficulty lifting weight – Any activity that places additional weight on your hip will lead to loss of balance and instability, as well as pain.
  • Swelling around the implant – Once a hip implant seriously degrades, it causes swelling around the exterior of the implant.
  • Unnatural motion – When you stand up or take a step, you may feel that the motion is difficult, awkward, or unnatural… that something is just “not right.”

Fatigue is another common sign of hip implant failure, since your body is forced to compensate for the failed implant by taxing other muscles and joints. However, it is very possible you may have no symptoms at all. Many patients do not realize that their hip implant has failed.

Monitoring Your Condition

If you recently underwent hip replacement surgery, you should pay close attention to the signs and symptoms listed above. All four of the following hip implants have been subject to a recall:

  • Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem
  • Stryker ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stem
  • ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System
  • ASR Hip Resurfacing System

Even if you do not have any symptoms right now, you may in the future. Follow up with your orthopedic surgeon on a regular basis to check for problems you may not have noticed, and keep detailed records of the medical examinations you undergo and the associated costs to ensure total compensation if you need to file a lawsuit.

If you received a defective Stryker or DePuy hip implant and are experiencing symptoms of hip implant failure, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced South Carolina hip recall lawyers.