The report in the Daily Telegraph of today strikes a worrying resonance with me since I had fitted in 2005 a metallic hip implant whilst being resident in Spain. Two years later a metallic knee implant.
So far the end result appears satisfactory since I am now able to indulge in long walks with my dog without using walking aids and without the excruciating pain prior to them being implanted. The only reaction I have experienced so far is the airport scanners reacting when I pass through and submitting to an electronic torch examination of the two areas.
Nevertheless dangers of metallic hip implants exist as reported in the Daily Telegraph of Jan 31st.
Depuy a subsidiary company of Johnson and Johnson continued marketing seemingly faulty implants as recently as 2010 when despite warnings from a leading surgeon years previously that patients were experiencing serious reactions to them. Hundreds of patients have had to have them removed and replaced. The reactions in many cases were due to blood poisoning involving toxic metals being released into the bloodstream whilst others were cautionary. Implants the company claimed would last a life time needing replacement on an average time period of 2and1/2 years.
European regulators permitted the licensing of these potentially dangerous metal-on-metal implants which UK regulators had not apparently been advised of.
The question of compensation must have relevance particularly with 10,000 britons having had them fitted.
On a personal note: My replacements seem to standing the test of time.