Hip replacement surgery is a serious orthopedic procedure that thousands of Americans undergo each year. Hip replacement surgery involves replacing the tip of the femur and the hip socket in the pelvis with an artificial hip and joint.
Hip replacement surgery is generally accompanied by six or more months of recovery, which can include numerous doctor check-ups and painful rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Unfortunately, like any product, a medical device can be defective. When a defective product is used during hip replacement surgery, the results can mean months of painful recovery, which may lead to a dysfunctional hip or an additional surgery to replace the defective medical product.
If the hip replacement device used in your surgery was defective, then it can mean that all the recovery efforts you made were for nothing because the defective product will need to be removed and replaced.
Hip replacement devices can be defective for a number of different reasons. For instance, the Sulzer hip replacement device was recalled because it was found that the oil used in the product was defective, preventing the product from fusing to the natural bone.
Whether there is a manufacturing defect, assembling defect, design defect, or implantation defect, having to replace a defective medical device can put you at risk for unneeded complications and cause you to suffer additional pain and rehabilitation.