Cobalt & Chromium Poisoning from Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
For many patients implanted with metal-on-metal hip replacements, cobalt and chromium poisoning is a serious health risk posing some severe health complications.
Once a popular choice for orthopedic surgeons and hip replacement patients, metal-on-metal hip implants have recently been linked to several health issues, including metallosis, cobalt and chromium poisoning, infection, nerve and muscle damage and loosening or dislocation of the implant.
In fact, many metal-on-metal hip replacement patients experience such severe symptoms that they must undergo a costly, often risky revision surgery in order to remove and replace the original hip implant.
Cobalt and chromium poisoning is one of the most devastating health complications associated with metal-on-metal hip replacements. It occurs when corroded cobalt or chromium from the metal-on-metal implant enters the patient’s bloodstream.
If you or a loved one has been implanted with a metal-on-metal hip implant and is experiencing any of the symptoms below, you should seek prompt medical attention and the counsel of an experienced hip replacement recall attorney:
Symptoms of cobalt poisoning include:
- Nerve damage
- Thyroid problems
- Kidney problems or failure
- Increased risk of hemorrhage
- Pulmonary syndrome
- Gastrointestinal problems
Symptoms of chromium poisoning include:
- Reproductive system problems
- Elevated cancer risks
- DNA mutations
- Liver problems or damage
Note: It is possible for victims of cobalt or chromium poisoning to not exhibit any of the above symptoms. However, the patient may still have dangerously high levels of chromium or cobalt present in the bloodstream. The best way to determine your body’s cobalt or chromium toxicity level is through blood testing.
Associated Hip Implants
Metal-on-metal hip implant models frequently associated with cobalt and/or chromium poisoning include:
- DePuy ASR® Hip Resurfacing System
- DePuy ASR® XL Acetabular System
- DePuy Pinnacle
- Stryker Rejuvenate
- Stryker ABG II Modular
- Wright Medical ProFEMUR
North Carolina residents implanted with a metal-on-metal hip replacement, and exhibiting symptoms of cobalt or chromium poisoning should seek medical attention and expert legal counsel as quickly as possible.
The experienced hip replacement recall attorneys at Ward Black Law in Greensboro, N.C, have decades of experience representing clients and victims of dangerous medical devices and products, such as metal-on-metal hip implants. Our expert legal team is standing by to answer your questions and conduct a free case review. However, there is a limited time frame to file a metal-on-metal hip implant claim, so it’s best to act now!