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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements Cause Serious Injuries

Published January 25, 2016 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney
Metal on metal hip implant

For aging adults, hip replacement surgery may be necessary. And while some hip replacements restore mobility and result in decreased pain for patients, they can also cause serious complications. When defective hip replacement kits are used, an adverse medical event may occur.

The following considers metal-on-metal hip replacement recalls and potential side effective of these dangerous devices.

Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Recall and Dangers

Metal-on-metal hip replacement systems typically consist of a ball and a socket that are both made from metal alloys. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled hundreds of these devices due to the fact that they may pose hazards to patients. You can read more online about metal-on-metal hip implants in materials provided by the FDA.

According to an FDA Safety Communication, the metal ball and the metal socket can slide against one another when a patient is walking or running. When this happens, bits of metal can be scraped off of the components and released into the body.

Injuries Caused by Metal on Metal Hip Implants

  • Damage to bone;
  • Damage to soft tissue;
  • Pain;
  • Loosening of implant;
  • Failure of device;
  • Metal poisoning or systemic reactions; and
  • Necessity of revision surgery.

Hip Replacement Problems and Complications

The problems and complications posed by metal-on-metal hip replacement implants are not only painful and often troublesome to a patient, but can also be dangerous, result in adverse health complications, and be very expensive and time-consuming to remedy. The need for a second surgery may also result in the patient being unable to live his or her life as normal, go to work, and more.

Known Metal on Metal Hip Implant Recalls According to the FDA

  • DuPuy Articular Surface Replacement (ASR), Acetabular Hip System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System
  • Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Recall
  • Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System Recall

Other Hip Implant Recalls

  • Zimmer Durom Acetabular Component
  • Wright’s CONSERVE line of MoM hip replacement systems and its
  • Profemur Z Stem
  • Biomet’s M2a Magnum Hip System

How a Hip Replacement Lawsuit Can Help

Manufacturers of medical devices have a duty to the consumer to ensure that the medical devices are safe for use. When device failure occurs and a patient suffers harm as a direct result, the manufacturer may be held liable for a patient’s damages. Damages that a patient may seek when filing a hip replacement lawsuit against a manufacturer include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Filing a lawsuit for a defective hip replacement or other medical device can help you recover compensation for your injuries. But more than that, filing a lawsuit can also raise awareness about the dangers of certain hip replacement products.

Contact a Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Today

If you have undergone a surgery for a metal-on-metal hip implant and your implant has caused health complications or pain based on its defective nature, you may deserve to be compensated for your losses. Because filing a lawsuit against a large medical device company can be intimidating, you are encouraged to call, Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, in Binghamton for experienced help.

To schedule your free case consultation today, call us now or use our online contact form.

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