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Second Hip Surgeries Riskier For Patients

The average rate of early failure for a hip implant is 5% in the first few years. They remain functional for 15 to 25 years total. Many patients must undergo a second surgery due to early failure of an implant. The symptoms of a failed hip range from being unnoticeable, such as metal poisoning, to causing considerable pain. X-Rays and blood tests can reveal many problems. The many reasons a first artificial joint may also become defective are from extended use, or a malfunction. Some of the reasons for a failing hip include:

  1. Loosening – the artificial implant loosens, causing discomfort and pain
  2. Infection – if this occurs, the hip may need to be removed to treat it
  3. Breaking prosthesis – results from a defect, or wear and tear
  4. Breaking bone – affects the surgeons ability to find a mount for replacement

Second surgeries are often more complicated and do not result in improved physical performance. They can be very painful for the patient. The surgery may result in more blood loss and a longer recovery time. Rehabilitation and physical therapy become more difficult due to a more sensitive hip.

As a hip replacement attorney, I hope you don’t have to undergo hip surgery, and if you must, a primary care physician along with an anesthesiologist and surgeon must carefully evaluate your situation. If an artificial hip made by DePuy Orthopaedics was implanted, you may wish to speak to a DePuy hip recall lawyer before you sign a medical release form with them, because you never know how they will use this information should you file a DePuy hip recall lawsuit.

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