21 Jan When Hip Replacement Surgery Goes Wrong
Hip injuries increase with age, and a hip replacement surgery is relatively common for older patients. At Mend Clinic in Salem, addressing hip injuries is a specialty since there are orthopedic experts on staff. In older age, hip injuries are often caused by a combination of a loss in bone density and a traumatic injury like a slip and fall. However, hip injuries due to faulty hip replacement surgeries are also unfortunately prevalent.
In the US, there have been over 10,000 individual lawsuits against major hip replacement surgical manufacturers. This has led to class action lawsuits, particularly for manufacturers Stryker and DePuy. The issue is often that these ball-and-socket hip replacements experience wear and tear. Parts of the implant chip off into the body and in some cases cause blood poisoning in addition to a hip replacement that just doesn’t work as it should.
Sometimes these faulty hip replacements present with early-onset symptoms, and sometimes there are zero symptoms. If you have hip pain, especially if you’ve had a hip replacement, it’s important to see an orthopedic specialist as soon as possible. However, getting to an orthopedic specialist can be tough in traditional medical environments. They may require referrals, which can take several weeks. At Mend Clinic, all patients can access an orthopedic expert on the same day.
Whether hip pain is caused by hip replacement surgery or not, this major joint needs to be protected. It’s the most mobile joint in the body (the shoulder is runner-up) and is especially prone to injuries from traumatic accidents and falls. From dislocations to tendon tears to broken bones that make up the hip joint, there’s a lot that can “go wrong” in the hip. The longer an injury is ignored, the more severe it can become.
Contact Mend Clinic If You Have Hip Pain
If you notice hip pain, see an orthopedic specialist today. Mend Clinic is open every day of the week as an urgent care clinic with no appointment needed.