An investigation has been launched into hip replacements due to fears that tens of thousands of British patients risk being poisoned by their devices. It is thought more than 30000 individuals’ ‘metal on metal’ implants may be vulnerable to disintegration with metal destroying muscle tissue by leaking into the bloodstream.
50% Failure Rate Of Metal On Metal Hip Replacements
Shockingly surgeons have reported a near 50% rate of failure over six years an alarming statistic which has prompted industry watchdog The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to investigate.
It is believed that the NHS has yet to inform every patient who has this type of joint replacement and who may be at risk. Therefore it is crucial that anyone who has a hip replacement should contact their doctor to see whether or not they have this type of device. A blood test to check for alien particles and also an ultrasound scan to check the joint is in a safe condition might then be necessary.
Should a metal on metal implant deteriorate prematurely and leave the surrounding area full of harmful debris it can have very serious consequences and leave the patient permanently disabled.
While the vast majority of joint replacement operations are safe and improve patients’ quality of life as head of Express Solicitors Clinical Negligence department I have represented clients in legal action against the NHS claiming for compensation for a variety of reasons.
To give just a few examples I have dealt with claims involving mismatched components and where the wrong sized component was used sometimes as a result of poorly labelled or stored components. Most shockingly of all on occasion a left artificial hip component has been fitted during a right hip replacement operation.
Those Affected Encouraged To See Doctor For Consultation
This latest scare highlights a risk posed to an unprecedented amount of people and those affected are encouraged to approach their doctor and ask for a blood test regardless of whether or not the joint is causing pain. Those affected may be entitled to seek compensation from the NHS or DePuy the manufacturer.
If you believe you may be affected please contact us today and discuss your claim free of charge with myself or a member of the Clinical Negligence division at Express Solicitors.