A defective hip replacement can mean debilitating pain and great emotional distress. Not only is it a setback on the road to recovery from the original hip replacement surgery, it can also have serious long-term side effects.

Hickory, N.C., patients who received DePuy ASR, Stryker ABG II or Wright Medical PROFEMUR metal-on-metal hip implants should visit their orthopedic surgeon or another trusted physician to discuss any complications, pain or symptoms resulting from the hip implant.

In particular, patients should watch for 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:

  • inflammation
  • immobility
  • joint stiffness
  • eyesight changes
  • hearing changes
  • headaches
  • vertigo
  • tinnitus

Orthopedic Medicine in the Hickory, NC Area

Hickory, N.C., residents seeking medical assistance related to hip implant complications or pain should contact the surgeon who replaced the hip implant or an experienced orthopedic surgeon who advised the process. Below are several orthopedic practices and medical centers in and around Hickory:

Attorneys Serving Hickory, NC

When speaking with your surgeon or physician, be sure to ask him or her about your treatment options, including revision surgery, testing and etc. Because certain hip implant products have been recalled by the manufacturers, 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.

In order to know your rights and to know how your case stands, please contact a trusted attorney at Ward Black Law. We’ve been helping clients through painful medical ordeals for many years, and most of the individuals we assist are helpless victims of negligence or corporate misconduct.

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

About Hickory, NC

Located mostly in Catawba County, Hickory, N.C., is conveniently located at the crossroads of I-40 and NC-321. Close enough to Western North Carolina to be considered part of the Appalachian foothills, yet close enough to the Triad to be easily accessible by Central North Carolina residents, Hickory enjoys a thriving commercial economy. The area also boasts a long history in the furniture industry, and although domestic furniture manufacturing is not as prevalent as it once way, Hickory has maintained its position as an industry hub.

With a population of approximately 40,000, Hickory offers a small-town, All-American feel with many of the conveniences of a mid-sized metropolitan city. The area boasts a major liberal arts institution, Lenoir-Rhyne University, as well as Catawba Valley Community College.