Hip, Knee & Spine Implants
Hip, knee and spine implants can be truly transformative, restoring a good quality of life; however problems have emerged in connection with some metal-on-metal implants that have released dangerous levels of cobalt and chromium in the body, causing inflammation, muscle erosion, pain, and even non-cancerous tumours.
Many of the metal-on-metal implants should have been rejected immediately as these products have a high failure rate and pose a risk of metal particles (ions) being deposited in the bloodstream. Complications caused by metal ions (e.g. cobalt and chromium) entering the blood stream can cause skin rash, severe bone and tissue damage (irreversible at times), sensory, visual and auditory impairment, Cardiomyopothy, depression and anxiety and or cognitive impairment, renal impairment and thyroid dysfunction.
How do I tell if my implant is defective?
You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve experienced one or more of the following symptoms:
- Loosening or dislocation of implant
- Bone fracture or bone loss
- Pain during movement or walking
- Mobility issues including restricted motion and stiffness
- Swelling due to inflammation
- Revision surgery
- Metallosis – metal poisoning, including cobalt toxicity
What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms and suspect it may be an implant causing them?
You should seek medical advice from a general practitioner for less serious symptoms but we suggest reporting anything unusual also to your surgeon so you can be evaluated. If you are unsure if your implant was on a recall list you should contact your surgeon that carried out the operation.