METAL ON METAL HIP REPLACEMENT DEVICE LAWYERS
Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device
Lawyers & Attorneys
Cobalt Poisoning From Implant | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Osteolysis Hip, Swelling, Extreme Pain, Tinnitus, Dislocation of Implant | Metal-on-Metal Implants, Premature Failure
Hip replacement patients who have received metal-on-metal hip replacement devices may be at risk for serious health problems, including cobalt and chromium poisoning, adverse local tissue reactions, pseudotumor formation, and metallosis. These conditions can cause a metal-on-metal hip replacement to fail within just a few years of surgery, and lead to risky revision surgery to remove and replace a failing metal-on-metal hip replacement device. According to recent research, as many as 14% of patients who received a metal-on-metal hip replacement may require revision surgery within just 7 years of their initial procedures. The rate for other types of hip implants is just 3%.
Parker Waichman LLP is representing scores of plaintiffs in metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuits, and is offering free legal consultations to any metal-on-metal hip implant patient who suffered cobalt and chromium poisoning or any of the other health problems associated these products. Hip replacement devices currently under investigation include:
- Biomet M2a Hip Replacement System
- DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System (Johnson & Johnson)
- DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant (with a metal liner)
- Wright Conserve Hip Implant
- Wright Profemur Hip Implant Systems
- Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Replacement
- Stryker MITCHTRH Hip Replacement
Parker Waichman LLP is offering free legal evaluations to victims of metal-on-metal hip implant devices. If you or a loved one received a metal-on-metal Hip replacement and suffered cobalt and chromium poisoning, adverse local tissue reactions, metallosis, pseudotumors or premature implant failure, we urge you to contact Parker Waichman LLP today for a free, no obligation metal-on-metal Hip replacement lawsuit evaluation.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Side Effects,
Reactions, Failures & Complaints
Metal-on-metal hip replacement devices consist of ball and socket components that are made of metal. Because of metal's durability, metal-on-metal devices were expected to last longer than other hip implants. An estimated 500,000 Americans have been fitted with metal-on-metal hip implants. Yet before they came on the market, most metal-on-metal hip replacement devices underwent little, if any, human testing. Most of these implants were approved under the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) 510(k) approval protocols, which do not require manufacturers to conduct human clinical trials if they can show a device is similar in design to another already on the market.
The problems associated with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices first came to worldwide attention in August 2010, when DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, issued a global recall of its DePuy ASR hip replacement line because of an unexpectedly high rate of premature failure. Since then, studies have found that metal-on-metal hip replacement devices can shed dangerous amounts of microscopic metal particles into the blood, leading to a myriad of health woes, including:
- Cobalt and Chromium Poisoning
- Dislocation of the hip
- Cardiomyopathy (degenerative heart muscle disease)
- Loss of bone
- Inflammatory reactions causing pain
- Early replacement
- Death of surrounding tissue
In February 2012, a BBC and British Medical Journal investigation discovered that there may be hundreds of thousands of people fitted with metal-on-metal hip implants who have been exposed to toxic metals.
In March 2012, a study published in the Lancet found that metal-on-metal hip implants were significantly more likely to fail compared to other models of hip implants.
The FDA launched a safety review of metal-on-metal hip implants in 2011, as evidence of their dangers continued to mount. The agency has ordered the manufacturers of these devices to conduct post-market safety studies to determine if they were leeching dangerous levels of metal debris into patients' blood streams. In July 2012, a panel of FDA advisors determined that there are few, if any, reasons to continue using metal-on-metal implants due to the serious health risks they pose to patients. The panel also stated that patients experiencing pain or other symptoms should get regular X-rays and blood testing for metal levels.
Cobalt and Chromium Poisoning from Metal on Metal
The metal debris shed by metal-on-metal hip implants is thought to be responsible for many of the ailments suffered by metal-on-metal hip replacement patients. If chromium and cobalt are shed by a metal-on-metal device, the particles can leach into the surrounding tissue and blood stream, eventually making their way into the lymph nodes and organ systems. Research has indicated that cobalt and chromium poisoning from metal-on-metal hip implants can result in serious, long-term health consequences, including:
- Vision or hearing loss
- Cognitive impairment
- Peripheral neuropathy
A blood test is needed to determine if a metal-on-metal hip implant patient is suffering from cobalt and chromium poisoning. If an initial blood test indicates elevated levels of chromium or cobalt, the test will be repeated within three months. If the second blood test shows a concentration of cobalt and chromium still above a safe level, a doctor will likely recommend a MARS MR imaging test to determine the condition of the metal-on-metal
hip replacement, as well as surrounding tissue and bone.
Legal Help for Victims of Metal-on-Metal
Hip Replacement Victims
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries, including cobalt and chromium poisoning, or premature failure of your metal-on-metal hip replacement device, you may have valuable legal rights. For a free, no obligation evaluation of your metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuit, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.