Distinguishing symptoms of a failed metal-on-metal hip can be difficult and even overwhelming at times. A defective metal hip requires a person to take action fast to avoid corrosion of the implant, metal poisoning and further damage to the surrounding muscle, tissue and bone.
But what constitutes hip implant failure? Patients may experience one or a combination of the following symptoms, which are often signs that a metal hip is causing serious and potentially permanent injuries:
- Pain in either hip, even if only one was replaced
- Swelling in the surrounding area
- Inflammation in the hip flexor muscles called the iliopsoas
- Difficulty walking
- Lack of flexibility
- Popping or squeaking in the hip area
Those who suspect their metal hip implant is failing should contact their hip replacement surgeon as soon as possible, as immediate revision surgery may be necessary to replace the defective hip.
In addition to setting up a doctor visit, patients should speak with a hip implant lawyer even if they are not certain their hip has failed. Calling earlier rather than later can protect victims’ legal rights against state law that limits the amount of time they have to file a lawsuit.