Biomet Hip Replacements
Biomet Hip Replacements Recalled—Furthering Complications for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
Hip implants manufactured by Biomet allegedly have design flaws that can actually injure hip replacement patients. The company’s metal-on-metal hip devices, such as the Biomet M2a Magnum, have been of particular concern in recent years, ever since all-metal hip systems were found to have a greater chance of revision.
Biomet has had issues with its hip implants since as early as September 2001, when the FDA announced that Biomet and seven other U.S. medical device makers were recalling hip implants because of problems with a component that could easily fracture and require surgical replacement. The faulty component – the zirconia ceramic femoral head – is the ball portion of the artificial hip used in hip replacement surgery.
The Zirconia Ceramic Femoral Head was manufactured by St. Gobain Desmarquest of France. This femoral head was used in hip replacement products for Biomet and seven other medical manufacturers, including: Apex Surgical LLC, DePuy Orthopedics Inc., Encore Orthopedics Inc., Osteoimplant Technology Inc., Smith & Nephew Inc., Stryker Howmedica Osteonics and Zimmer Inc.
Symptoms of a fractured zirconia ceramic femoral head include hip pain, a sensation of grinding or limitation of motion. The fracture is sometimes preceded by an audible pop. The at-risk hips tend to break between 19 and 28 months after they were implanted. It is estimated that 6 percent of the 150,000 to 200,000 people who undergo hip replacement surgery each year receive an artificial hip containing the zirconia ceramic femoral head. The recall applies to zirconia ceramic femoral heads manufactured since January 1998.
Biomet M2a Magnum and Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits
In recent years, the Biomet M2a Magnum has become the subject of many lawsuits. The M2a Magnum is a metal-on-metal hip implant, meaning that all the components are made of metal. The alleged problem with this system is that the parts can shed metal particles into the body’s soft tissue and bloodstream when the surfaces rub together. This can lead to many complications, including:
- Metallosis, high levels of metal ions in the bloodstream
- Early failure, need for revision surgery
- Difficulty walking, or a change in one’s walking ability
All-metal hip systems in general have become a serious issue in the orthopedic community. These devices are known to have a higher rate of revision surgery because the implants fail much sooner than expected. The devices fell under severe scrutiny after Johnson & Johnson recalled 93,000 metal-on-metal hip implants in 2010 because of this problem.
Legal Help for Victims of the Biomet Hip Recall
If you or a loved one had a Biomet hip replacement and you suffered injuries, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified defective medical device attorney or call us at 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).