If you or a loved one have experienced adverse side effects from a metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implant, or if you or a loved one has had a revision or replacement of a MoM device, call us to discuss your potential product defect claim.
Every year hundreds of thousands of people decide to undergo hip replacement surgery hoping to resolve pain symptoms and to improve physical mobility. Most surgeries are successful and provide great benefits. Unfortunately, however, some implanted devices have been deemed defective. These defective implants can cause significant personal harms and health risks.
People who have hip replacement surgery expect that a new hip will provide them with an increased quality of life. The prospects of less pain and more mobility provide people with hopes that they will be able to enjoy their lives to a much greater extent. But many hip implant devices have been recalled due to high failure rates. When devices fail most implant patients are forced to undergo additional surgery and hospitalization, and painful recovery.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that all hip implants include some general risks. The FDA has further determined that MoM hip implants have additional, unique risks. These additional and unique risks are created by the friction between the metal ball and metal cup caused when these component parts slide together while walking or running. When this happens tiny particles of metal are released into the body. In some cases the metal particles enter the blood stream, and include metals such as cobalt and chromium. These metals may be toxic to the body and cause serious and extensive damage to the surrounding tissue and bones.
Metallosis is the medical condition caused when MoM implants cause a build-up of metal debris in the body. Blood tests can be done to determine the level of blood poisoning caused by MoM implants. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), which is part of the United States Library of Medicine, metallosis, although rare, is a potentially fatal complication associated with MoM prosthetic devices.
If you have concerns about your implant, you should schedule an appointment with your physician – and don’t think twice about getting a second opinion.
Many manufactures of these MoM hip implant devices have been sued by consumers for manufacturing and marketing defective implants. The companies that have been sued for defective products include the following:
- DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. – for its ASR XL Acetabular MoM hip replacement due to its higher-than-average rate of failure after implantation;
- Smith & Nephew – for its R3 Acetabular System, its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Femoral System, its Modular SMF Hip Stem and Modular REDAPT Revision Femoral System due to several problems including higher-than-normal failure rate after implantation, metallosis, and implant disintegration.
- Zimmer Biomet – for its MoM hip implants, including the Durom Cup, Biomet M2a Magnum, Stanmore and Exceed ABT, due to metallosis and implant failure. It has been estimated that as much as 30 percent of recipients of certain lines of Zimmer Biomet MoM hip implants have problems associated with the implant surgery, while an estimated almost 6 percent of implants fail.
- Wright Medical Technology, Inc. – for its Conserve hip implant due to pain and discomfort after implantation.
The last thing you want to hear after having a hip replacement surgery is that the implanted device(s) you received may prematurely fail and cause serious pain, mobility limitations, and significant and serious conditions including blood poisoning. If you or a loved one are experiencing pain and discomfort, limited mobility, infection or other adverse effects from MoM hip implant/replacement, contact our firm so that our lawyers can answer your questions and let you know your options.
Typical Symptoms of Implant Failure Include:
- Swelling and pain caused by infection
- Instability and pain in the implanted joint
- Loosening of the implant
- Increased levels of chromium and cobalt in the body/blood
If you or a loved one received a defective joint implant that required hospitalization and surgery, contact Schorr Law Firm. We are here to help you, and we will fight to get you the justice you deserve. Let us answer your questions, talk to one of our attorneys today.
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