Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit
Hip replacement surgery intendeds to improve a patient’s life by treating problems such as arthritis, pain, and loss of mobility. Unfortunately, in recent years, many hip implants have caused serious health complications. For instance, these health complications may involve: pain, infection, organ failure, high cobalt/chromium levels in the bloodstream, and more. Additionally, initial complications may lead to a second surgery (Hip Replacement Revision Surgery) to correct issues. As a result, patients suffering from complications may be eligible to file a metal hip replacement lawsuit and receive compensation.
Di Pietro Partners, LLP has an experienced staff of Product Liability and Medical Malpractice Lawyers. Furthermore, we work with top quality, Board Certified Medical Professionals. If you or someone you know, are suffering from hip replacement complications, you should seek legal and medical advice immediately. Therefore, to file a hip replacement lawsuit, or learn more about the issue, call for a free consultation today. 1.800.712.8462
Metal Hip Replacement Recall
Since 2008, there have been several recalls of metal hip replacement systems. Many problematic metal hip implants shipped from October 2008 to July 2016; these devices include, but are not limited to,
DePuy ASR Acetabular Hip Replacement System – 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 – Voluntarily recalled in 2008 because of inadequate surgical instructions.
Smith & Nephew R3 Metal on Metal system – The British medical device company, Smith & Nephew, issued a voluntary withdrawal of their metal-on-metal hip replacement system in June 2012.
Smith & Nephew Modular SMF – Smith and Nephew, recalled this implant system 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 in the blood.
Modular Redapt Femoral System – Recalled for similar reasons as the Modular SMF system.
Stryker Rejuvenate – Stryker issued a voluntary recall of this device in July 2012 due to reports of increased levels of metal in the blood along with high failure rates and revision surgeries.
METAL HIP MANUFACTURERS
Additionally, metal hip manufacturers linked to patient injury include:
- Encore (DJO)
Other metal hip devices – If the hip implant you’re inquiring about is not listed anywhere above, you should still contact us as numerous other devices may be subject to litigation.
SYMPTOMS & HEALTH CONCERNS
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notes that there are some issues which are unique to metal-on-metal hip implants. In June 2012, the FDA held a conference to discuss the adverse effects linked to these devices and to evaluate their safety.
Metal-on-metal hip implants have been linked to a tendency for pieces of metal to be worn off the device. This metal may cause damage to nearby bones and tissue. According to the FDA, these metal particles may even enter the bloodstream and cause problems in a patient’s heart, nerves and thyroid gland.
The FDA recommends that anyone who undergoes a metal-on-metal hip replacement surgery be on the lookout for symptoms which may indicate a problem with their implant. These symptoms include:
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- change in vision or hearing
- feeling cold
- weight gain
- change in urination habits
Patients who have any of these symptoms after a hip replacement surgery may be experiencing a reaction to the metal of the implant or an increase in the amount of metal in the bloodstream.
Hip Replacement Lawsuit Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been injured because of a faulty hip replacement, or have had hip replacement revision surgery to correct issues, you should seek legal and medical advice immediately. Also, it’s important to note that a device does not need to have been recalled to be the subject to litigation. Therefore, if you wish to file a metal hip replacement lawsuit or learn more about the issue, call our experienced product liability lawyers today. 1.800.712.8462