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Posted by on Oct 11, 2016

Injuries in the hip can be a debilitating one. It may cause difficulty in movement on the person. In most cases, the patient may be asked to rest for a while. For serious injuries in this part of the body, surgery may be required. Hip replacement is the removal of a painful hip joint with arthritis and replaced by an artificial implant usually made from metal and plastic.

Hip implants are supposed to ease and relieve the debilitating pain caused by the broken hip. Unfortunately, some products in the market have done the opposite causing more pain than relief. According to the website of Russo, Russo & Slania, PC, defective hip implants can cause serious damage on the patient. These devices were introduced on the belief that it is durable and can help ease the pain in the patient. However, instead of doing that, metal debris are released into the patient’s body. As a result, the patient experiences a wide range of complications such as inflmamat6ion, groin pain, dead tissue, to name just a few.

Since the FDA does not require clinical trials for implants if the device is similar to a product that is already in the market, it would be easier for manufacturers to make incremental changes without resubmitting them for approval. Such is the case of the DePuy ASR which was changed with unapproved designs without the need for clinical trial. The Consumer Union found around 578 recalls from six major manufacturers from the period 2002 – 2013. Unfortunately, the recall proved too late as the defective device already claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.

There are different types of hip implants and they are classified according to what they are made of. Hip implants can either be ceramic-on-metal, metal-on-plastic, and ceramic-on-ceramic. However, some of these devices puts patients more at risk rather than relieved.

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