Hip replacement surgery has been one of the most successful operations performed by doctors, medical reports say. This is usually done to treat cases of osteoarthritis, a joint disease characterized by pain and stiffness. However, it has been linked to some serious problems, resulting to the withdrawal of some hip implants from the market, such as Stryker Rejuvenate recall.
A number of patients suffered chronic pain, which occurs when the tendon that raises the hip rubs against the edge of the acetabular cup. Another cause might be bursitis, in which a surgical scar crosses the bone.
Osteolysis is another problem that may transpire. After surgery, small pieces of the implant may react badly to the bone left around it. This makes old bone cells die faster than they should. Bones will get thin and fragile, and the artificial hip put in during operation may get loose.
Also during the surgery, the leg may be lengthened or shortened. A leg-length discrepancy is caused by inappropriate implant choice. Maybe the femoral component is too large and sticks out of the femur more than needed.
Last but not least is metallosis, in which metal fragments from the hip implant device may leak into the bloodstream and cause damage to body organs. Metallosis may also lead to necrosis, which is the death of body tissue.