Over the last 10 years, significant improvements in the artificial bearing surfaces of hip implants have allowed different types of hip replacement implants to be utilized in patients during hip replacement surgery, medical experts say. These implants vary in composition and structure, with the conventional ones containing ceramic or plastic materials and newer devices comprising components made of various metal alloys. Designed to last longer than traditional hip devices, metal-on-metal hip implants with ball-and-socket junction have grown in popularity since they have been introduced by the medical device industry. Alongside their benefits, however, were mounting reports of device-related problems that have drawn a series of hip replacement lawsuits against major medical device companies.
Lawsuits highlighting hip replacement implant hazards have been brought in various courts throughout the US. Most of these cases claim that recipients had to undergo revision surgery to address the problems allegedly caused by their hip replacement implant. Added information about the dangers these medical devices have been reported to cause may also be found on various personal injury law firm sites, such as rotlaw.com provided by the Rottenstein Law Group.