As the hip is such an important part of the human skeletal system, when it becomes damaged it can be a life-changing event. The fact that a hip replacement is now possible is, therefore, huge for many people.
The hip is one of the body’s “ball and socket” joints. The socket is a large portion of the pelvic bone called the acetabulum. The “ball”, located at the top of the thigh, is known as the femoral head. When you walk, jump, or run the two are supposed to work in tandem perfectly.
When a hip is damaged, this function becomes impaired. At this point, the natural hip can be replaced by an implant that is designed to function in the same way as the natural hip. However, it has been found that how successfully the implant works often depends upon what type of implant is used.
In the natural hip, there is a layer of cartilage between the “ball and socket” that provides a cushion between the two, allowing for free movement and to prevent damage and erosion of the joint. That is mimicked in a hip implant by a liner. However, it has been found that, especially in the case of metal on metal implants, that the two metal elements rub together, releasing tiny metal particles into the body, which can lead directly to the complications and side effects many have complained of.
Design is important as well, and it seems that some hip implants are better designed than others. And all of them do carry some risk of side effects. If these risks were not adequately explained to the surgeons prior to surgery, then the manufacturers may be held responsible. If you are experiencing hip implant complications, discussing your legal options with an experienced attorney is a great first step.