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 example, health complications may involve: pain, infection, and organ failure. Furthermore, defective hip replacements may also cause high levels of cobalt/chromium in the bloodstream which can lead to a serious condition known as metallosis or metal poisoning. These 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.
Zimmer Taper ML Stem With Kinectiv® Technology – This product was introduced to the market in March, 2015. After only one month, the product was removed from the market, and the FDA announced a Class 1 Recall in June, 2015.
VerSys Femoral Head – Another hip implant by Zimmer, the Zimmer Versys® Hip System with a cobalt-chrome femoral head, is defective and prone to early failure.
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) – The Encore hip replacement device remains different from typical hip replacements. The difference is due to a polyethylene liner inside the ‘cup’ of the device. This allows connection of the device to the patient’s femur. The metal on metal motion of the device may cause cobalt & chromium fragments to break off and enter tissue around the hip. The entry of metal into the body may cause tissue death, and in some cases, may produce pseudo tumors.
Centerpulse – Previously known as “Sulzer Medica,” Centerpulse is a major medical device manufacturer. The company recently experienced problems with their Orthadapt hip implants, and Inter Op hip replacement devices. Problems with these devices involve premature failure, and possible connections to long term health issues in patients. For instance, one major health issue involves blood toxicity from metal. The toxicity is a result of metal debris entering the bloodstream. The entry of metal into the bloodstream is due to metal on metal wear from the faulty device.
Corin – Corin Ltd is a manufacturer of health products in the United States. Several issues have been reported in their metal on metal hip replacement device known as the Cormet Hip Resurfacing System. This device was brought to court numerous times for problems stemming from faulty design and premature device failure. These issues led to failed hip resurfacings, hip revision surgery, and death of bone tissue due to metallic debris in the bloodstream.
Exactech – Exactech is an orthopedic device manufacturer based in Florida. The company has faced numerous recent legal issues. For instance, in 2010 Exactech went to trial in a case which alleged they entered into unlawful agreements with medical professionals to incite surgeons to use Exactech products more frequently. These products included hip devices which have been subject to hip replacement recalls.
Biomet – Biomet was a major manufacturer of hip replacement devices. The company was acquired by Zimmer (a competitor of theirs) in 2014. The major product recalled was Biomet Magnum. This metal-on-metal hip implant has been subject to millions of dollars in lawsuits and patient compensation.
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