Recent studies have revealed that more Americans are the recipients of total hip replacements than ever and that patients are receiving hip replacements at younger ages than before. There are more people living in the United States with hip or knee replacements now than people who are being treated for heart failure.
With the increase in hip replacements comes the need for better and more advanced ongoing care to reduce complications. The recent mass torts against companies such as Stryker and DePuy highlight the reality that not enough has been done to ensure the safety of patients and the longevity of the products that they rely on for mobility.
Who is most likely to Need Hip Replacements
Roughly 2.5 million Americans are living with a hip replacement and women are more likely to require hip replacements than men. The number of people living with hip replacements has risen to 2.3% of those over the age of 50 and nearly 6% of people living beyond the age of 80 will require a hip replacement at some point. Studies are showing a dramatic increase in the number of younger patients requiring hip replacements, however.
From 2000-2009, there was a 54% increase in the number of hip replacement procedures conducted for patients over the age of 65 and a 123% increase in the number of procedures conducted for patients between the ages of 45 and 64. These increases may be the result of the use of hip replacements to treat a wider spectrum of conditions and injuries as well as the creation of more durable hip replacements that are designed to last for longer periods.
Need for Ongoing Care After Hip Replacements
Patients undergoing hip replacement surgery often suffer from multiple complex conditions which threaten mobility or cause severe joint pain. Studies have shown that medical professionals are still not fully aware of just how much long term care may be required and that many patients receiving hip replacements will ultimately require additional surgery in the future either to repair or replace the hip replacement. This data highlights the need for increased accountability in order to protect the patients who elect to undergo these procedures.
Due to the risks and complications associated with hip replacements, the choice to perform a hip replacement surgery should remain a last resort and patients must receive proper follow up care in order to be certain that complications do not become severe or life threatening. This ongoing care can quickly become a drain on patients’ finances if additional surgical procedures are required.
If you have received a defective hip replacement, contact us today to learn more about your rights and whether you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering. We would be happy to review your case during a free consultation and if we are unable to help you or collect compensation on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.