A faulty hip replacement can result in pain, emotional distress and can require revision surgery, turning into a major setback on the road to recovery. The possible long-term side effects of a faulty hip implant are serious and can involve major health issues.

Durham, N.C., patients who received Stryker ABG II, DePuy ASR or Wright Medical PROFEMUR metal-on-metal hip implants should watch for inflammation of the tissues surrounding the replaced joint, as well as symptoms of metallosis – metal poisoning from shards of titanium and chromium cobalt released into the bloodstream as a result of joint friction. Some symptoms may include:

  • pain
  • joint stiffness
  • eyesight changes
  • hearing changes
  • headaches
  • vertigo
  • tinnitus

If you’ve experienced pain or other problems due to a defective or recalled hip implant, you should visit your orthopedic surgeon or another trusted physician to discuss any complications, pain or symptoms resulting from the hip implant.

Orthopedic Doctors in the Durham, NC Area

Durham, N.C., boasts one of the largest medical communities in the nation. Home to Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Health System, Durham offers extraordinary health care and a variety of medical options, no matter what the issue.

To determine the type of implant used, the treatment options available and whether or not revision surgery will be necessary, we encourage Durham, N.C., residents to contact the surgeon who replaced the hip or offered assistance on the surgery. We’ve listed several prominent orthopedic practices and medical centers in and around Durham below:

Attorneys Serving Durham, NC

Since 2010, the hip implant manufacturing industry has been under scrutiny by the FDA and physicians worldwide for defective hip replacement systems. As modular metal-on-metal hip systems began to replace the more traditional ceramic/plastic hip products, physicians noticed an increase in patient complaints for pain, local tissue inflammation and other serious side effects. In 2010, the largest manufacturer of hip implant products, Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy division, issued a recall of the DePuy ASR.

The recall of certain hip implant products means that you may be entitled to full or partial compensation, both for the cost of your extra medical bills incurred by the defective implant as well as the emotional pain of the ordeal and any lost wages from work missed.

To know your rights and how your case stands, please contact an attorney at Ward Black Law. We’ve been helping clients through painful medical ordeals for many years, and we have extensive experience helping victims of negligence or corporate misconduct.

Give Ward Black Law a call for a free case review today: 800-531-9191.

About Durham, NC

Part of the thriving Research Triangle, Durham, N.C., is coming into its own as a hip place to live. The thriving arts scene, gritty warehouse district from the days when tobacco was king, and one of the nation’s most prestigious universities all conspire to make Durham a popular spot for young professionals, young families and retirees to call home.

According to the 2011 census, Durham has a population of about 240,000, making it the 4th largest city in the state of North Carolina just under Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro. For the nature lover, two state parks flank the northern portion of Durham’s limits – the Eno River State Park and Hillsborough’s Occoneechee State Natural Area – while Raleigh’s Falls Lake Recreation Area is just a short drive away on NC-98 towards Wake Forest.

Bordering the southern portion of Durham’s limits is a bustling economic engine: Southpoint Mall. The mall itself, as well as the surrounding commercial areas, are a shopping destination for many throughout the Triangle area and beyond.

If you’re new to Durham, or if you’re a long-time resident who just wants to explore, check out Durham’s city website for the latest happenings: www.durhamnc.gov