A retired teacher from the UK is launching a legal case and warning other patients about metal-on-metal hip implant dangers after receiving a defective hip resurfacing implant.

Lottie Clarkee underwent a hip resurfacing procedure in 2007. Last year, she began to notice problems with her hips, like pain and one of her hips “clunk[ing].” After discovering the abundant research regarding metal-on-metal hip resurfacing and hip replacement side effects, the 63-year-old grandmother went to the doctor for a checkup.

“They discovered that, as a result of the implants wearing away, I had dangerous levels of metal ions in my blood, a symptom of cobalt and chromium poisoning, which can cause cancers, kidney and liver failure and cobalt poisoning. I was terrified.”

Metal-On-Metal Hip Implant Side Effects Affect Thousands

Clarkee’s metal hip implant injuries are sadly not uncommon. Numerous studies and health regulation advisories have linked metal-on-metal hip implants with increased risk of side effects such as metallosis. Metallosis can lead to advanced hip replacement failure. Metal hip replacement devices are designed to last up to 30 years, but many fail within just a few years after initial surgery.

Other symptoms of metal hip implant side effects can include pain, inflammation, tissue damage, pseudo tumors, and ultimately hip replacement failure. Patients who experience these problems are forced to undergo revision surgery to remove the defective him implant.

Clarke will undergo two major operations to get the defective him implants removed and replaced.

In the U.S., nearly 17,000 metal-on-metal hip complications have been reported to the FDA, with over 14,000 of them resulting in revision surgery.

Injured Victims of Defective Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements Seek Justice

Clarke is joining the thousands of other victims of faulty metal-on-metal hip systems in pursuing a legal case against the manufacturer of her defective hip implant, as well as raising awareness for others.

“Many of these faulty implants have been used in operations for people like me and they are living in blissful ignorance of the potential long term risks to their health.” Clarke said. She advised patients to get metal ion level testing even if they do not experience symptoms. “…They should find out from the hospital where their operation took place if they’ve had metal on metal hip implants.”

“It is vitally important that they ask to have their ion levels checked.”

If you received a metal-on-metal hip implant, consider filing a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. Our firm is currently filing cases on behalf of patients injured by the following hip systems:

  • DePuy ASR hip implants
  • Metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implants
  • Wright Profemur hip implants
  • Wright Conserve hip implants
  • Biomet Magnum hip replacements

We are also investigating cases regarding the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip components.

Learn more about how you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering by calling a hip replacement lawyer today: (877) 779-1414.

Published December 26, 2012 by