The many dangers which could arise after a hip implant surgery include blood clots, respiratory problems, infections, bleeding, numbness, breaking or splintering bones, or dislocation of the joint post-surgery. When an implant fails, discomfort and loss of flexibility may be experienced, as well as the potential complication of metal poisoning. A second, “revision” surgery is necessary in case of hip failure, which take much greater skill and have a much higher risk-factor.
Blood clots form post-surgery since the individual’s mobility is greatly limited. Once three or four days pass, the patient moves around increasingly and thus lessens the danger of blood clots. Respiratory issues arise when pieces of fat from the bone marrow reach the bloodstream and lungs where serious breathing problems result. If physical therapy cannot continue due to these problems, recovery can be compromised. Bleeding and infections may result from unsterilized medical instruments. Nerve damage causes numbness, and bone attached to the implant may become compromised due to breaking. If a patient undergoes strenuous physical therapy, or experiences a fall, dislocation may result.
As a hip replacement recall attorney, I highly advise against signing a medical release form with DePuy or allowing them to take your original hip replacement if you undergo a “revision” surgery due to a failed hip implant.