National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Indiana man who received a Biomet M2a Magnum™ hip system. The lawsuit alleges that the metal-on-metal hip replacement is defective and caused severe pain and loosening in the hip, leading to a complex and risky revision surgery.
The lawsuits alleges that at the time the Indiana man received the implant in his left hip, more than 100 reports of adverse events had been filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the defendants knew the implant was defective. The suit alleges that Biomet refused to disclose this information to the patient, his doctor, or the public. Instead, Biomet continued to misrepresent the device as safe and effective.
The pain and loosening of the joint necessitated a complex, risky, and painful revision surgery to remove and replace the defective implant. Revision surgeries usually take longer than the original implantation and can place the patient at greater risk for future complications, including dislocations. The plaintiff is suing for severe and possibly permanent injuries, pain, suffering, emotional distress, and economic damages, including lost wages and medical expenses.
The Biomet M2a Magnum™ is a type of metal-on-metal hip implant whose design forces metal to rub against metal with the full weight of the body during daily activity. Metal particles are shed into surrounding tissue and into the bloodstream, causing bone and tissue damage, metallosis, pseudotumors, and the need for early revision surgery.
Last week, the FDA issued new guidelines for patients with metal-on-metal hip implants. The FDA warned that the devices can cause bone and tissue damage due to the release of metal ions. Patients who experience pain, swelling, a change in their ability to walk, or hear noises coming from the hip (popping, squeaking, grinding) are advised to speak with their physicians. Symptomatic patients should be considered for metal ion testing, the agency said. The FDA also recommended regular physical examinations and routine radiographs and diagnostic imaging for people who have metal-on-metal hip implants.