The DePuy ASR hip implants as well as the Zimmer Durom Cup hip implants that have been involved in a hip replacement recall because of unusually high failure rate both use the metal-on-metal mechanism. The friction that occurs causes metal particles to be released into surrounding tissues, which in turn poses the risk of dangerously high heavy metal levels in the blood stream.
Unfortunately, such high levels of heavy metals, specifically Cobalt and Chromium, do not always lead to symptoms, at least not right away, and often not to symptoms that announce themselves as being caused by the recalled hip implants.
This means that unless recipients of those implants have their blood levels checked on a regular basis, they might not find out about those high levels until after the heavy metals have caused damage to their system.
Now, these patients can request a free special report to find out what they need to look for and what they need to do to prevent problems.
"It's important that anyone who has received a metal-on-metal implant get their metal levels checked regularly," said the Hip Recall Help Team's Robert M. Clarke in an interview. "Damage can occur long before patients become aware of any kind of symptoms."
"Since often the only way to remedy the situation is additional surgery, they should also seek legal advice to be sure they get compensated for their pain, expense, and losses caused by that surgery," he points out.
In fact, according to attorney Richard Cranwell and to Robert M. Clarke, both members of the Hip Recall Help Team, it is vitally important for patients to be well informed, and to seek out competent legal advice quickly.
"Speed is important, because of the statutes of limitation,"
The free-of-charge newly updated Hip Replacement Recall report includes a section on metal-on-metal implants and the metal toxicity they can cause. It also explains how to avoid the key mistakes that can prevent affected patients from receiving compensation. The report is available at the following website: http://www.hipreplacementrecall2010.com
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The Hip Recall Help Team helps people involved in a recent hip replacement recall by providing information, a free special report (newly updated to include information about Cobalt and Chromium metal toxicity), as well as free legal consultations. Our goal is to help patients get compensated for their recall-related injuries.