Hip replacement surgery is intended to improve a patient’s quality of life by easing pain, improving mobility, and alleviating symptoms associated with arthritis. The implants used in these procedures can be made from a variety of materials; however, metal-on-metal implants are under scrutiny from the FDA due to an inadequate designed paired with a lack of research surrounding the device. If you’ve experienced side effects from or required another surgery to replace a defective hip implant, contact The Buckley Law Group today to learn about your legal options during a free consultation.
ACCORDING TO THE FDA, METAL-ON-METAL HIP REPLACEMENTS HAVE ADDED RISKS
The FDA is aware of the danger involved with using these devices during hip replacement surgery, recognizing the additional risks associated with metal-on-metal implants. This type is also significantly more likely to fail compared to other models. Of the most commonly used implant designs, research released from the National Joint Registry for England and Wales – the world’s largest joint replacement registry – found the following rates of failure:
- 6.2% rate of failure in metal-on-metal implants
- 2.3% failure rate in ceramic-on-ceramic design
- 1.7% failure rate in metal-on-plastic devices
As the evidence has demonstrated, an unlucky percentage of replacement recipients are more likely to experience uncomfortable and sometimes life-altering side effects of a failing implant when choosing a metal-on-metal design. If you are one of these unfortunate few suffering from a faulty implant, then contact a lawyer at Buckley Law Group today for a free consultation and to discuss your potential rights.
STRYKER HIP REPLACEMENT RECALL – LFIT V40 FEMORAL HEAD
One of the most recent hip replacement recall is for the Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral head – a component placed in the artificial hip socket. It has been shown to corrode and wear at a rapid rate, this corrosion leading to taper lock which allows for bits of toxic metal to enter the patient’s tissue and bloodstream. This recall pertains to only models made before 2012. If you’re uncertain as to whether or not your Stryker hip implant has been recalled, then contact us today! We’ll help you determine if you have a potential hip replacement lawsuit against the manufacturer.
COMPLICATIONS AND SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH FAULTY HIP REPLACEMENTS
When hip implants don’t function as they should, the patient suffers. Complications and side effects range from something as simple as feeling cold to something as severe as metallosis. In some cases, pieces of metal have worn off the device, causing damage to other bones and tissue. Metal particles can enter the bloodstream and raise metal levels (particularly cobalt), triggering complications in the patient’s nerves, heart, and thyroid gland.
Researchers have found a number of other risks associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. These side effects are dangerous and include:
- Skin rash
- Weakness or limited mobility
- Feeling cold
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Weight gain
- Change in frequency of urination and renal function
- Device failure (breaking and early replacements)
- Hip dislocation
- Inflammatory reactions that result in pain
- Cobalt poisoning
- Death of surrounding tissue
- Pseudotumors – pressure around the brain increases, causing blurred vision and headaches
- Metallosis – the buildup of metal debris in soft tissue of the body
MANUFACTURERS OF METAL-ON-METAL HIP IMPLANTS – STRYKER, DEPUY, ZIMMER AND MORE
Stryker, DePuy, and Zimmer are some of the most popular manufacturers in the market. Along with any other medical device company, they have a duty to provide safe and reliable products, but that’s not always the case. Numerous implants have been recalled or called into question. Some of the most popular metal-on-metal hip implants include:
- Smith & Nephew Birmingham
- Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System
- Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Recall
- Stryker ABG II (recalled)
- Stryker Rejuvenate (recalled)
- Stryker Accolade
- DePuy ASR (recalled)
- DePuy Pinnacle
- Encore Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant
- Biomet M2a Magnum
- Biomet M2a-38
- Wright Conserve
- Wright ProFemur
- Zimmer Durom Cup
- And many other brands
CONTACT A HIP REPLACEMENT LAWYER TODAY
Common allegations raised against these manufacturers include failure to adequately research, failure to issue a recall, and failure to remove an unreasonably dangerous implant from the market. Reparations available from a hip replacement lawsuit include compensation for medical expenses and loss of wages.
If you or a loved one have a metal-on-metal hip replacement and are suffering from adverse side effects or have received an implant between 2005 and 2011 which required revision surgery, it is important that you consult an experienced legal professional immediately. The lawyers at the Buckley Law Group will fight for your rights and make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We provide a free legal consultation and explain what your options are to receive reparations for a faulty hip replacement. Contact us today!