Metal Hip Implant Symptoms and Causes

Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina

Metal-on-metal hip implants were designed with younger, more active patients in mind, because metal is more durable than other hip replacement materials. Unfortunately, metal-on-metal hip implant components create metallic debris in your body that can be dangerous if it builds up over time. When one metal piece moves against another metal piece, particles of chromium and cobalt can flake off into the body. An accumulation of these particles may cause tissue damage and lead to hip implant failure.

Symptoms of Metal Hip Implant Failure

Signs of a failing metal hip replacement can include:

  • Pain or discomfort when shifting positions
  • Pain while walking
  • Loosening of the hip implant
  • Adverse local tissue reactions (ALTR)
  • Swelling around the hip joint
  • Numbness
  • Hip dislocation
  • High levels of cobalt and chromium in your blood or urine

Serious health problems can occur because of metal toxicity in your body. Symptoms of dangerous metal toxicity may include:

  • Sight and hearing problems
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Neuropathy
  • Rashes

Remember, patients experience different reactions to metal particle accumulation. Your symptoms may be different than another metal hip replacement recipient’s symptoms. It is important to take note of your symptoms and to contact your doctor with your concerns. 

What to Do if You Are Experiencing Metal Hip Implant Symptoms

You may be pain-free for up to three months after your original hip replacement surgery before you start to experience symptoms. Ongoing pain, new pain, or an increase in pain can indicate symptoms metal hip implant failure. 

Even if you are not currently experiencing any symptoms, contact your doctor with concerns about your metal hip implant, so you can develop a medical plan that ensures your health and safety.

If you are suffering any of the symptoms listed above after a metal-on-metal hip replacement surgery, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. today to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced South Carolina hip implant recall attorney.

We represent injured victims of defective medical devices throughout Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina.