hip replacement with ceramic ball and metal plate

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Gita Shah

Daventry, UK

#1 Jan 29, 2012
Has anybody have problems with the ceramic ball and metal plate? muscle inflammation and joint flare ups?
Would be grateful for a response as my husband is suffering very badly with the inflammation in his joint with ribs and spine and the pain is moving from the top of the shoulder right round where the ribs and back up in the front chest keeps moving can feel the swelling wherever the pain is
Maidas

Anonymous Proxy

#2 Jan 31, 2012
There have been several complains about hip replacement with ceramic ball and metal plate, it is best that you have a doctor look at this to avoid any serious complication. See http://www.depuypinnaclelawsuit.com/
worriedwifewales

Newport, UK

#3 Jan 31, 2012
Gita, i have only just spotted your post and have just posted on forum under'failed hip replacement-metal poisoning'. My husband has problems with Implant Cast ACCIS implant i.e.chromium and cobalt leakage.Very worrying as no-one can give us any answers as to the damage that could be occuring internally.
Leah Mithe

New York, NY

#5 Mar 2, 2012
There were several complainst with metal parts of the implants because they have the tendency to flake off and cause inflammation. The inflammation is mainly due to the metal deposits in the tissue that the body recognizes as a foreign material. Know more about it at http://www.depuyhipreplacementlawsuit.com .
Miguel

Denver, CO

#6 Jul 5, 2012
These hip implant devices has a high failure rate, Many patients were complaining for the pain they were suffering, actually it was reported that the number of patients were increasing. Read some cases here http://www.rotlaw.com/depuy-asr
Reba

Oneida, TN

#7 Jul 15, 2012
Gita Shah wrote:
Has anybody have problems with the ceramic ball and metal plate? muscle inflammation and joint flare ups?
Would be grateful for a response as my husband is suffering very badly with the inflammation in his joint with ribs and spine and the pain is moving from the top of the shoulder right round where the ribs and back up in the front chest keeps moving can feel the swelling wherever the pain is
I had one done at PARK WEST 2-22-12..stillon 2 crutches can't bear all my weight on it. YES...doctor says I have Bursitis bad with swoolen tissue with fluid in it.He says he has never HAD this to HAPPEN to a patient of his. I have suffered searing pain in the hip area, & soft tissue. Can't stand to sit on a hard surface and a sharp pain in the thigh bone when itry to put weight on hip.
Reba

Oneida, TN

#8 Jul 15, 2012
I had a HIP replaced with ceramic on metal, 2-22-12 @ Park West 5 months and I am still on 2 Crutches & suffering a terrible searing PAIN in HIP area. Doctor says this has never happen to a patient of his before. I was forcing myself to walk with 1 crutch in May he told me to go on both of them. If anyone knows anything about other problems Please post. I do NOT know how much longer I can bear this. They have Xrayed it several times & HE says everything looks in place & perfect. Something is terribly wrong. On the opposite side of my body I have a 13 yr. old knee replacement that on June 8th 2012, I believe the cement gave way I went to stand up & terrible pain shot down leg & NOW I can't bear all weight on it....See DR. 7-18-12 !
Roz

Hengoed, UK

#9 Aug 14, 2012
worriedwifewales wrote:
Gita, i have only just spotted your post and have just posted on forum under'failed hip replacement-metal poisoning'. My husband has problems with Implant Cast ACCIS implant i.e.chromium and cobalt leakage.Very worrying as no-one can give us any answers as to the damage that could be occuring internally.
Hi i am also experiencing problems with a failed Implant cast ACCIS implant installed in 2008, i had severe Metalosis and have since had the hip resurfacing prothesis removed. i am also looking for answers about the effects of metal poisoning on my body. i am experiencing problems getting information that anyone else has suffered from this MOM and any other sereious health problems
Sonia

Lower Hutt, New Zealand

#10 Sep 20, 2012
I identify with you Reba. I had a ceramic ball and metal cup put in in March 2010. Within 6 months I began to have pain that was diagnosed wrongly as bursitis and had an injection into the site which improved things for a few months. However as time wore on things slowly and steadily got worse. I began to have sharp stabbing pains in the joint, weakness in the abductor muscles, difficulty sitting and standing from sitting and could not walk more than very slowly due to pain and weakness. Dull pain was also perceived in the thigh. I was now once more feeling as bad if not worse than prior to having the joint replacement. After an MRI which was still inconclusive my surgeon after consulting his colleagues elected to do a full revision and fascia lata lengthening on 27th July 2012. He was surprised to find a very large psuedo tumour the size of a hand containing metal and ceramic dust which was sticking to the muscle close to the bone. It had caused soft tissue (Muscle) to rip off the bone around the socket and had to be painstaking abrided then reconnected to the bone. The bearing surfaces were also quite pitted and worn needing replacement. Whatever you do please do not let them keep telling you it is bursitis and get some other type of imaging than xrays done. Mine looked fine on xray. It wasn't. Hope this is of help. I would really like to know of anyone else having trouble with ceramic on metal hip joint replacements.
larry

Westville, IL

#11 Sep 28, 2012
i have had the ceramic/metal h/r.my surgery was on 12/6/11 and at the time i weighed 340 pounds.i can honestly say although i still havnt lost any weight im still not having any problems with the new hip.ive started up again on my diet in hopes of getting down to around 230.my hip has so far been a godsend.ive had great results with leg movement i havnt been able to do for over 13 yrs.knockon wood but its all good so far.find a good surgeon and get it done.dont let life pass you by because of pain and fear.god bless.
A friend

Harefield, UK

#12 Oct 30, 2012
Hi everyone, in 2008 i had hip replacement and suffered for 4 years before finding out i had severe metalosis and high levels of colbalt and chromium levels, i have since had a ceramic revision unfortunately can not have the stem removed because of the damage but i am now doing amazing, no more pain, i now have a solicitor involved so i urge anyone to step forward and get yourselves sorted before your body gets any more damaged and we can stop this company from producing these faulty hips
Gita Shah

Pontypridd, UK

#13 Oct 30, 2012
Thanks all for all your support. My husband has been discharged from the hospital, but still has pain in the joint. I am encouraging him to go for consultation again. Lets see what happens.
Nathan

Nottingham, UK

#14 Oct 30, 2012
worriedwifewales wrote:
Gita, i have only just spotted your post and have just posted on forum under'failed hip replacement-metal poisoning'. My husband has problems with Implant Cast ACCIS implant i.e.chromium and cobalt leakage.Very worrying as no-one can give us any answers as to the damage that could be occuring internally.
hiya worried wife wales I'm Nathan also from wales I've had big trouble with ACCIS implants I'd really like to talk to your husband if I can just to find out where he had his ops what exactly what his problems were etc I have tried in vain to find other patients that have had the same implants. My email ad is jafmasterflash@hotmail.co.uk I'd be ever so grateful thanks Nathan
Edward

West Chester, OH

#15 Mar 4, 2014
Hello,
I had a ceramic-ball on metal-cup implant in 2007 which has probably been the cause of a staph infection that required a revision to ceramic-on-plastic late last month (Feb. 2014). The surgeon mentioned that there was a significant amount of metallosis in the large hematomas that developed in my thigh muscles along with the thick green pus that filled them. Since the original DePuy device (Summit Pinnacle) was not metal-on-metal most assume there cannot, or could not be a metallosis problem but I think there's evidence in what I've seen reported that ceramic-on-metal can produce metallosis as well. Have you found others that report this (as you questioned in your comment)? If so, I believe that reports of this could be helpful to me. Please contact me directly at eriess +(at)+ cinci + dot + rr + dot + c o m. Thank you. Ed
Sonia wrote:
I identify with you Reba. I had a ceramic ball and metal cup put in in March 2010. Within 6 months I began to have pain that was diagnosed wrongly as bursitis and had an injection into the site which improved things for a few months. However as time wore on things slowly and steadily got worse. I began to have sharp stabbing pains in the joint, weakness in the abductor muscles, difficulty sitting and standing from sitting and could not walk more than very slowly due to pain and weakness. Dull pain was also perceived in the thigh. I was now once more feeling as bad if not worse than prior to having the joint replacement. After an MRI which was still inconclusive my surgeon after consulting his colleagues elected to do a full revision and fascia lata lengthening on 27th July 2012. He was surprised to find a very large psuedo tumour the size of a hand containing metal and ceramic dust which was sticking to the muscle close to the bone. It had caused soft tissue (Muscle) to rip off the bone around the socket and had to be painstaking abrided then reconnected to the bone. The bearing surfaces were also quite pitted and worn needing replacement. Whatever you do please do not let them keep telling you it is bursitis and get some other type of imaging than xrays done. Mine looked fine on xray. It wasn't. Hope this is of help. I would really like to know of anyone else having trouble with ceramic on metal hip joint replacements.
ros accis

Cwmbran, UK

#16 Mar 4, 2014
Hi Nathan, I also had an Accis resurfacing hip in 2008. Had problem with constant pain and metalosis which was off the scale. My hip joint was replaced by a full hip joint in 2010. I was told I need blood levels monitored for life and it is only this year the levels have come back to near normal levels. The worry of what this metal poisoning has done to my body and nobody can say what may occur in the future is very worrying indeed. I was 49yrs old when I had the resurfacing and was told at the time because I was relatively young to have arthritis it was the best option for me. It turns out these devices were not the best option, the research suggests they don't work as well on females, I honestly feel those of us who did have them were guinea pigs to test them on. I have consulted solicitors who took on my case and eventually gave up as this particular joint had not been removed from the market like the Johnson +Johnson and Biomet ones. They said that there were not enough people having problems with the accis to go forward with my claim. I feel there probably are many hundreds In our position who have been damaged by these faulty joints who's voices aren't getting heard and we to deserve answers as to why this happened and make those responsible pay for the damage physically psychologically and personally caused to not only us but our family's who have had to endure this unnecessary suffering. Please contact me if you wish for any information as my solicitors did a great deal of statistical data collection on my behalf. Yours sincerely Roz
Sonia

Lower Hutt, New Zealand

#18 Mar 4, 2014
Hello.
Further to my post on 20th Sep 2012 I want to confirm to you later posters that I also had metalosis. Thank goodness my body produced the psuedotumor and encapsulated most of it but my readings for cobalt and chromium were still extremely high. They have since pretty much returned to normal now that I have a metal on plastic bearing surface. I was told by my surgeon that at the time they only knew of one other case; a lady in the USA who had similar problems. It would appear to be a lot more common than is realised!
Vicki

Payson, AZ

#19 Mar 10, 2014
Hi everyone!

I'm writing on this forum as the partner and caretaker of someone who has had 6 hip replacement surgeries on the same hip within a year and a half. On the 6th and final surgery, he told the doctor to take everything out and that he was done!

He now has no hip socket or ball, and some of his femoral bone is missing, too. He is in constant pain, 24/7, except when the meds knock him out. He takes 6 different meds for pain and spasms, and to help him sleep. He doesn't have much of a life now, and he's only 36 years old.

He had the metal on plastic and ceramic replacement with changes in the size of ball, the size and type of liner, and I don't know what else. The doctor did everything he could think of to make it work, but it just kept popping out. The last one lasted 7 months so we thought we were in the clear, but NOPE!

I was wondering if anyone who has been through this has found something, ANYTHING, like a brace of some kind, that would help him to walk somewhat, and to alleviate the pain???? I thought I found one online. It's made by Bledsoe and looked like it might help, but I explained our situation to one of the sellers and he told us not to use it because we needed a specially made brace, just for my partner.

One thing that's frustrating for me is that he has decided not to talk to anyone (a doctor or PT) about this, to see if there are any alternatives out there he could use. I totally understand his lack of trust in the medical system, so that's why I'm trying to see if anyone out there in this world knows of anything that might help him.

Thank you all for listening, and for any help you can offer. It's so very stressful to watch him suffering so much without any sign of hope in his eyes. He has pretty much given up, but I haven't! Some people have called me "Pollyanna", LOL, because they say I live in a Pollyanna world, and I thank them every time! I always try to keep the faith and hope going, whenever possible!

Blessings, Love and Light to all of you! I know what you're going through and my Heart sends Love to each and every one of you!:O)
joy

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Mar 15, 2014
Vicki, Dr. Marc Darrow does Stem Cell Prolotherapy, regenerative therapy, I've had dextrose Prolo for my shoulder and plan to have dextrose for my knee next month....

jointrehab.com is his site and he does answer emails. He's in West Los Angeles....

There is dextrose, PRP and Stem Cell Prolo treatments.....

Don't know if this would help, but it there.
Tcousins

Wausau, WI

#21 Mar 15, 2014
Stem cell treatments, PRP and prolotherapy are for people who still have a natural joint. It is doubtful that it helps with severe hip arthritis anyway, and it certainly will not grow a new joint for someone who doesn't have one at all. I know the stem cell and PRP treatments didn't work for me and they were EXtREMELY painful. Way more painful than having both my hips replaced.
Vicki

Payson, AZ

#22 Jul 16, 2014
joy wrote:
Vicki, Dr. Marc Darrow does Stem Cell Prolotherapy, regenerative therapy, I've had dextrose Prolo for my shoulder and plan to have dextrose for my knee next month....
jointrehab.com is his site and he does answer emails. He's in West Los Angeles....
There is dextrose, PRP and Stem Cell Prolo treatments.....
Don't know if this would help, but it there.
Thank you, Joy! Sorry! I didn't know you responded to me until now. LOL! I guess they don't send out emails to let us know this!

Anyway, thank you for the information. Actually, he knows about, and is very interested in the stem cell treatments that they do in France with nasal stem cells. Apparently, they don't do this procedure here in the states. Too bad. I think he would be willing to try it if someone did that here.

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