Cobalt Poisoning from Metal Hip Replacement? Chromium Poisoning?
If you or a loved one had hip replacement surgery and are experiencing certain side effects like metal poisoning or the need for a second revision surgery, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturer. Call us today to get the facts. Call Toll Free 1-866-777-2557 or fill out our online contact form below and an Cobalt Poisoning Lawyer will get back to you as soon as possible. This is a free, no obligation consultation. There are no legal fees unless we make a recovery for you. Time is limited, so please call today.
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Cobalt Poisoning Hip Replacement Symptoms
Manufacturers of artificial joints are constantly developing new versions of hip replacement systems in an attempt to meet the changing needs of patients who undergo this procedure. The number of younger hip replacement patients is growing every year, and these patients require durable, long-lasting hip implants that are able to withstand the demands of an active lifestyle. Most hip devices only last for 15 to 20 years, resulting in young patients having to face one or more revision surgeries to replace the joint over their lifetime.
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One way that manufacturers attempted to resolve this issue is by marketing metal-on-metal hip replacement systems. These systems feature a metal femoral head, stem, and acetabular socket liner that the companies claimed had a lower risk of failure and a longer lifespan. Unfortunately, numerous issues have been reported with these devices from patients who suffered serious health consequences after having one of these devices installed.
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Consequences of Cobalt Poisoning
Metal-on-metal hip systems are typically constructed from metal blends that include chromium and cobalt. As the components of the device slide against each other during movement of the patient, the metal pieces experience wear. As the metal wears away, small particles of metal called “ions” are released into the joint space. Particles of metal can also make their way into the blood stream – causing metallosis (metal poisoning) that results in widespread systemic reactions that can have serious or life-threatening consequences.
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High levels of cobalt within the body can be devastating, even if the cobalt toxicity is localized to the joint. Symptoms of localized cobalt poisoning include severe, persistent joint pain, swelling and inflammation, tissue and bone necrosis, and pseudotumors at the joint site.
When cobalt poisoning reaches a wide-spread level within the body, the patient can develop additional symptoms, such as:
• Fatigue and vertigo
• Ringing in the ears
• Extreme headaches
• Metal changes – including anxiety and irritability
• Skin disorders
• Visual impairment
The FDA recommends that all patients with a metal-on-metal hip implant have clinical evaluations every one to two years if they do not currently show symptoms of metallosis. In symptomatic patients, the FDA recommends an evaluation at least every six months. During these evaluations, the doctor will be able to test the patient for high levels of cobalt through a simple blood test.
If cobalt poisoning is identified due to a metal hip implant, the patient will need to undergo revision surgery to remove the device. This surgery is often complex and carries a high risk of complications both during and after the procedure. While removal of the device will resolve cobalt poisoning in many patients, those who were exposed for an extended period of time may suffer life-long consequences as a result of the toxic levels of metal in their bloodstream.
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