Many people who have received metal-on-metal hip replacement implants are wary of physical symptoms of device failure, such as pain, swelling and reduced mobility. Unfortunately, there can be other symptoms of hip implant failure that might not be as obvious. Another serious indication of failure could be metallosis, which is characterized by dangerously elevated levels of chromium and cobalt in the blood. This can be caused by the shedding of microscopic particles from all-metal hip replacements.
How Do I Know If I Have Metallosis?
Unfortunately, metallosis cannot be detected without a visit to the doctor to undergo a blood test. Recipients of all-metal hips, such as the Stryker Trident, Rejuvenate and ABG II implants are often advised to undergo regular screening for metallosis, even if they are not yet experiencing physical symptoms of failure. There are however, some symptoms associated with metallosis, and those can include:
- Joint stiffness
- Lack of range of motion
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Optic nerve atrophy
The symptoms listed can also lead to more serious side effects including some cancers, and damage to the body’s internal organs. Many recipients who have had to undergo revision surgery to remove and replace as Stryker all-metal hip implant, have had symptoms of metallosis in addition to other symptoms of device failure.
Stryker Hip Recipients Should be Mindful of Metallosis Symptoms
Regardless of whether or not you are experiencing physical symptoms that could mean your hip replacement device is failing, it is prudent to have your blood checked to determine whether or not there are elevated levels of metals in your system. This could mean that your hip replacement is failing, even if you are not in pain or experiencing diminished mobility.
It is important to consult your orthopedic surgeon to determine whether or not the symptoms you might be experiencing are consistent with a failed hip replacement implant, and if that implant was manufactured and sold by Stryker.
Additionally, many recipients are filing lawsuits against Stryker alleging injuries stemming from implantation of the recalled implants. Plaintiffs are seeking compensation for pain, suffering, unforeseen medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.