To date, over 20,000 patients have received a Stryker hip implant that is likely to be defective and may cause pain, swelling and other injuries. Out of these 20,000 patients, a significant portion may require a revision surgery in the next year. A total of 55,000 patients receive a revision operation in the United States every year. A revision surgery is a type of corrective procedure performed by surgeons to correct any loosened, dislocated or infected areas resulting from a metal hip implant. The procedure involves replacing the damaged prosthesis with a new device. Patients can also elect to use a bone graft from another human as a substitute for a metal prosthesis. A revision surgery is a necessity when a metal hip implant has failed.
Metal hip implants can cause the need for revision surgeries due to a series of issues. Some of the following issues are common reasons for why patients require revision surgeries:
Revision surgeries have become common with patients who have Stryker hip implants. It is the last resort for patients when medications or changes in one’s lifestyle do not help ease the pain caused by metal hip implants. Patients who are considering a revision surgery should be aware that the procedure is very painful and can also result in long-lasting pain. While many patients enter into the surgery with the expectation that their pain will be eased, the reality is that pain is usually amplified after a revision surgery.
Certain patients may not be eligible candidates for a revision surgery involving a metal hip implant. For these patients, there may be no alternative to suffering from a painful hip implant that is also defective. Patients who are suffering from terminal illnesses are usually not able to receive the hip revision surgery. Those who have dementia, paralysis or are obese may also not receive a hip surgery. If the skin covering the hip area is extremely fragile or thin, then doctors may not be able to successfully complete the hip surgery.
If a patient is an eligible candidate for the surgery, then he or she will need to attend appointments leading up to the surgery. In these appointments, a surgeon will take images and X-rays of the hip joint area in the patient. The surgeon will also discuss new prosthesis options with the patient.
After a revision surgery, it is common for patients to experience swelling and pain in the groin, buttock, thigh and hip areas. Patients will also need to rely on a walker or wheelchair for getting around after a revision surgery. In addition, there are other factors that can impact the chances of recovery for a patient who has a hip surgery.
Patients who are overweight, in their elderly years, or male will likely have a more difficult time in recovering from hip revision surgery. Genetic factors can also cause patients to have difficulty and experience great pain after a revision surgery. Patients may be at risk for experiencing the following complications after a revision surgery:
Those who have been forced to undergo a revision surgery should consult with a Stryker hip recall lawyer about the possibility of filing a claim or lawsuit for damages. Damages may be available to revision surgery patients who have endured great pain, suffering, side effects, injuries and negative outcomes from an original metal hip implant.