Patients who undergo hip arthroplasty surgery in which the surgeon uses cement to affix the implant may be at risk of developing a potentially fatal toxic reaction called bone cement implantation syndrome (BCIS). This condition has caused the deaths of more than 40 hip implant recipients in the U.K., according to the National Health Service (NHS). This article discusses the various symptoms resulting from bone cement implantation syndrome.
Free Bone Cement Lawsuit Evaluation: If you developed BCIS after undergoing hip replacement surgery, or if a loved one died after a hip operation that involved the use of bone cement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.
What are the Symptoms of Bone Cement Implantation Syndrome?
Patients with BCIS may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Hypotension (low blood pressure) – Occurs when the heart, brain, and other areas of the body are not getting enough blood. Normal blood pressure typically ranges from 90/60 mmHg to 130/80 mmHg.
- Pulmonary hypertension – Unusually high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs, which forces the right side of the heart to work harder than normal to perform its duties.
- Increased central venous pressure (CVP) – Increase in pressure measured in the central veins closest to the heart.
- Pulmonary edema – Abnormal fluid accumulation in the lungs’ air sacs, which causes shortness of breath.
- Bronchoconstriction – Narrowing of the airways that carry air to and from the lungs, which can lead to inflammation, coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
- Hypoxemia – Abnormally low levels of oxygen in the blood.
- Anoxia – An extreme form of hypoxemia, anoxia is characterized by a total depletion of oxygen levels.
- Cardiac arrhythmias – Abnormality or perturbation in the normal activation sequence of the muscular tissue in the heart (myocardium).
- Cardiogenic shock – Occurs when the heart has been damaged so badly that it is unable to pump a sufficient amount of blood to the body’s organs.
- Cardiac arrest – Cessation of functional circulation of blood due to the failure of the heart to pump efficiently.
- Fat emboli – Type of embolism caused by intense physical trauma.
- Hypothermia – Occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it, resulting in a dangerously low body temperature.
- Thrombocytopenia – Low blood platelet count.
Can I File a Bone Cement Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a Bone Cement Lawsuit, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving medical devices allege that a product was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a potential complication. In the case of bone cement, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of bone cement implantation syndrome, heart attack/arrhythmia, high blood pressure and toxic reactions.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a Bone Cement Lawsuit, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your bone cement implantation syndrome or other injury, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the bone cement’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective medical device into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I have a Bone Cement Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Bone Cement Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Bone Cement Implantation Syndrome cases in all 50 states.
Free Bone Cement Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed BCIS after being treated with bone cement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Bone Cement Suit and we can help.