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Metal Hip Replacement Attorney

Foley & Small is now accepting and litigating cases on behalf of clients who have suffered injuries as a result of a Metal Hip Replacement.

Hip Replacement Surgery involves the placement of medical implants in the socket of the hip and at the end of the femur, or thigh bone. Hip joint is a ball and socket joint with a boney ball being at the end of the thigh bone, and a ball resting in the boney cup making a part of the lower pelvis. Hip replacement procedure is undertaken as a result of arthritic changes to the ball and socket making up the hip joint, or as a result of trauma to the hip joint along with other causes.

The traditional design of hip replacement implants involved a metal ball and stem, which would be placed at the end of the femur, replacing the boney ball at the femur’s end. A metal cup within holding an inter poly-propylene cup would then be put in replacing the boney cup seen at the end of the pelvis. The key is that the receiving cup was made of poly-propylene plastic that was strong and durable.

A number of hip manufacturers switched the design with both the replacement ball and the receiving cup being made of metal. The metal-on-metal design proved to be defective. The metal-on-metal would wear due to the friction. Metal fragments would dislodge into the body and into the blood resulting in a condition called metallosis. Patients often require blood tests to determine the amount of cobalt and chromium in their blood due to the deteriorating implant. These metals in the body could in turn into other complications, including hearing loss. The hip joint itself would also deteriorate and ultimately fail as a result of the metal-on-metal hip components and damage the surviving boney tissue and soft tissue within the hip.

The Food and Drug Administration has identified a number of complications and circumstances that are unique to metal-on-metal hip implants. (Insert link here). The FDA now recommends that anyone who undergoes metal-on-metal hip replacement surgery be on the lookout for symptoms and complications which can include the following:

    • Fractured or broken implants
    • Metallosis -high levels of metal in the blood
    • Implant corrosion
    • Allergic responses
    • Swelling in hip or groin area
    • Onset of pain
    • Cobalt poisoning after hip replacement
    • Chromium poisoning after hip replacement
    • Loosening or clicking of the hip joints
    • Infection
    • Bone fracture

Hip Replacement Recalls:

Since 2008 there have been several recalls of metal-on-metal hip implant systems.

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The DePuy ASR Acetabular Hip Replacement System

This hip replacement was recalled in 2010 in response to data provided by a British joint registry which found a higher than expected instance of hip revision surgery.

Zimmer Durom Acetabular Component

The Durom Hip replacement was voluntarily recalled by Zimmer in 2008 because of inadequate surgical instructions.

Smith & Nephew R3 Metal-on-Metal system

The British medical device company of Smith & Nephew issued a voluntary withdrawal of their metal-on-metal hip replacement system in June 2012.

Smith & Nephew Modular SMF and Modular Redapt Femoral System Recall

The British medical device company Smith & Nephew launched its Modular SMF Hip System in 2008 and its Modular Redapt Femoral System om 2012. On November 15, 2016, the company recalled both hip implant systems because of higher than anticipated adverse events and complaints. It sent out an Urgent Field Safety Notice warning doctors to monitor patients for high levels of metal ions the blood. Metal debris could cause adverse tissue reactions that may require revision surgery.

The affected devices shipped October 2008 to July 2016

Stryker Rejuvenate

Although not a metal-on-metal hip, like the others, the Stryker Rejuvenate contains metal-on-metal components which are believed to contribute to increased levels of metal in the blood. It has also been linked to a high early failure rate, which forces patient to undergo revision surgery. Stryker issued a voluntary recall of this device in July 2012.

Other problematic metal-on-metal hip products.

There are other metal-on-metal products which are viewed as having defects resulting in complications.

This includes:

BioMet2a38M2aMagnum: BioMet metal-on-metal hip products have resulted in serious complications, including Metalosys and the releasing of cobalt and chromium debris in to the body and blood system. Adverse reaction to the metal deterioration includes fluid around the joint, tissue masses and death of muscle tissue around the joint.

Wright Medical Conserve, Dynasty, and Profemur Implants: Wright Medical manufactured and sold a variety of hip replacement products including metal-on-metal hip implants such as the Conserve, Dynasty, and Profemur implants. Metal-on-metal models caused serious complications seen with such failed metal-on-metal products.

Numerous lawsuits have been filed against these various manufacturers due to alleged defects and complications arising from the metal-on-metal hip implant products. Foley & Small has represented clients in Indiana and Michigan having such claims. Settlements have been reached on many of these claims. Further claims are expected to arise as individuals with these such metal-on-metal hips continue to develop complications as the products wear and fail with use.

Foley & Small is accepting Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement cases. If you, or a family member, or a close friend have suffered injuries as a result of a Metal Hip Replacement, contact Foley & Small.

Contact Foley & Small

If you, a friend or family member has suffered injury due to a defective medical implant email us from our Contact page. You can also call us at 800-276-2525.

Foley & Small has handled numerous defective medical implant cases helping our clients and their families deal with the effects of such defective products.

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