Although more than 332,000 hip replacement procedures are performed each year in the U.S, making them one of the most common surgeries that take place in the country, not all patients who are considering an artificial hip implant are suitable for each type of device. Ceramic-on-ceramic, metal-on-metal, metal and plastic and ceramic-on-metal are all different types of hip replacements that may or may not be a good fit for a patient. Factors to consider are a patient’s age, lifestyle, exercise and dietary habits as well as surgeon preference for one device over another.
Hip replacement procedures are performed on individuals who are having difficulty performing daily tasks such as walking, bending, standing or moving around. Additionally, an individual may consider a hip replacement device if he or she is suffering from limited mobility, pain or swelling of his or her hip joint. The intent is that, following an artificial hip implantation, that these individuals will enjoy an enhanced and improved quality of life.
Average Cost of Hip Replacement Procedures Unknown
Although experts have yet to determine how much a hip implant surgery costs, the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the average price tag of these procedures can fall anywhere from $11,000 to $125,000. Several factors that may influence the cost include the patient’s condition, the type of hip implant that he or she is receiving, the medical facility itself and the state in which the patient resides.
Similarly, recovery time can vary drastically as well. Although most patients remain in the hospital for three to five days for observation and to ensure that the procedure went as expected, others may not fully recover from a hip replacement procedure for three to six months after they received the device. Additionally, in several cases, a patient may experience more complications than they had prior to the surgery, and these recipients may need subsequent procedures to correct the problems resulting from early hip implant failure.
Hip Implant Failure Lawsuits Pending
Although several manufacturers such as DePuy and Stryker have recently reached settlements to settle thousands of claims pertaining to their hip implant devices, this does not necessarily bar future plaintiffs in Florida from seeking compensation for the injuries they sustained such as hip implant failure. Pending lawsuits allege that the two manufacturers, as well as Biomet, Zimmer and Wright, released potentially defectively designed hip implants that caused serious and life-threatening complications such as tumors, bone fractures, infections, swelling, additional pain and other health conditions. If you feel as though you have experienced symptoms associated with hip implant failure or if you would like to learn more about your rights, contact an attorney in Florida today.
Do You Have a Florida Hip Implant Failure Case?
If you or someone you love lives in Florida and you were injured after receiving an artificial metal-on-metal hip implant, you may be able to file a hip implant failure lawsuit if you suffered from symptoms that caused you to undergo a revision or removal procedure. Attorney Group for Florida can help you determine if you have a claim, and we can help answer questions that you may have. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney in Florida who can file your hip implant failure lawsuit on your behalf and help you seek damages to which you may be entitled.