What is Hip Revision Surgery?
Hip replacement lawsuits continue to climb, with many patients required to undergo hip revision surgery. Anyone who has experienced complications from an implant that may have resulted in the need for hip revision surgery could be entitled to financial compensation. File a free case review to determine if you or someone you know have cause for legal action.
Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip revision surgery is a procedure performed either to correct or exchange a failing hip replacement implant. Hip replacements are inserted when the joint has suffered irreparable damage due to injury or aging. A surgeon removes the damaged bone and cartilage in the hip joint, including the head of the femur. A metal stem is inserted into the hollow femur bone, then a metal or ceramic ball is placed on the top part of the stem to replace the head of the thigh bone.
After removing the damaged cartilage, the socket is replaced with a metal version that is often fixed in place with either screws or medical-grade adhesive. A plastic, metal, or ceramic liner is placed between the new parts to allow for a smoother gliding surface.
Hip Revision Surgery
With thousands of lawsuits already filed by patients who claim they suffered adverse complications after receiving faulty hip implants, hip revision surgery is becoming more and more common. In a hip revision surgery, the surgeon must remove the entire implant, cement, surrounding tissue and dead bone from the joint before inserting a new one. Since the procedure is essentially a do-over, the complications from revision surgery are similar to those from the initial hip replacement. Revision surgery, however, generally has a lower success rate since the bone has already been weakened from the initial procedure.
Hip replacement complications are similar for both surgeries, but are more likely in revision surgeries, and include:
- New implant loosening – According to Cedars Sinai Orthopaedic Center, this occurs in 10-15 percent of the cases, and its probability is higher in patients who are overweight or do not use crutches for the first few months after the procedure.
- Bone fractures – fractures can occur during or after surgery, and the weakened bone may cause significant scar tissue in the joint.
- Dislocation – dislocating your hip joint after a revision surgery is twice as common compared to the initial replacement procedure.
Taking Legal Action
Tens of thousands of patients have already filed claims after being injured by faulty hip replacements, many of which have led to hip revision surgery. If you or anyone you know has had to undergo hip revision surgery as a result of a faulty hip replacement, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering. The first step is to file a free case review, where your claim will be evaluated by an experienced product liability attorney who will help you determine your best options for legal action.