The metal-on-metal design of the DePuy hip replacement could trigger dangerous metal poisons to leak into the soft tissue and bloodstream of patients. The source of the problem lies in the ball and socket joint, where corrosion builds-up in the lower part of the hip. Over time, chromium and cobalt leach into the bloodstream evoking potential health problems. How do those metallic debris reach the bloodstream in the first place? Through a notch in the bone known as the acetabular notch, which acts as a pathway for toxins to make their way through the human body. Another location where metals are shown to cause complications in the human body is within the soft tissue, where non-cancerous inflammatory tumors could disseminate. Allergies have also shown up in patients who have metallic debris leaking into their system.
The combined effects of the leaching of chemicals into the bloodstream and soft issue include swelling, inflammation and fever in the hip joint. These are also early signs the hip implant failed. It is everyone’s responsibility to learn their legal rights and ensure they are protected by a ASR hip recall lawyer if they have been affected by the DePuy hip recall. If you or a loved one need legal assistance we are here to help.