Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuits
Manufacturers Recall Both Metal-on-Metal and other Hip Devices
DePuy Orthopaedics, Stryker, Smith & Nephew, and Zimmer all issued voluntary recalls for their faulty hip replacement systems. Zimmer issued a voluntary recall for its Durom Cup metal-on-metal implant in July 2008 because surgical instructions to implant the device were inadequate, but the implant later returned to the market after corrections. DePuy issued a voluntary recall of its metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip system in August 2010 because it was discovered that the device failed at a rate more than two times the industry average. Stryker issued a voluntary recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG-II hip implant systems in June of 2012. At that time the company was concerned about the potential failure of the device as well as an adverse effect on the tissue surrounding the implant.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Side Effects
It has been reported that metal-on-metal hip replacements have the highest failure rate and fail at a rate of over 10%; meaning that many patients will need to endure costly and painful revision surgery.
In addition to device failure, metal-on-metal hip replacements can causes metal ions to enter into bloodstream and create a condition called metallosis. Because these devices are made from a blend of several different metals, they can release metal particles into the blood stream and surrounding tissue when the metal parts rub against each other. A buildup of this type of metal in the body can be toxic, leading to serious complications affecting the nervous system, skin and other organs. Symptoms of metallosis can include:
- General hypersensitivity reaction (skin rash)
- Neurological changes including sensory changes (auditory, or visual impairments)
- Psychological status change (including depression or cognitive impairment)
- Renal function impairment
- Thyroid dysfunction (including neck discomfort, fatigue, weight gain or feeling cold)
Other people have experienced pain, swelling, and joint dislocation. If you have a metal-on-metal hip implant and have experienced any of the side effects mentioned above or below, please call our firm:
- Implant Failure
- Revision Surgery
- Elevated levels of cobalt and/or chromium in the blood
- Diagnosis of metallosis
- Loosening of the device
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The Feeney Law Firm is committed to seeking justice for those affected by metal hip replacements. Fighting to keep people safe from corporate greed and self-interest is our passion. We are here to help make that process as simple as possible for you and your family. Call us now at 1-800-710-3121 for a FREE consultation. Don’t wait; your time to file a metal hip replacement lawsuit may be limited.