Hip replacements using metal-on-metal have been used for years. The main reason why metal hip replacements became popular was that the traditional implants which were made from plastic and ceramic were not thought to last as long as those made from metal. In fact, only until a couple of years ago, more than 30% of hip replacements were done with a metal-on-metal implant every year. Metal-on-metal refers to the ball and socket; cobalt-chromium metal alloys are the mechanisms that hip replacement are made from. While it was thought that it was more durable, studies have concluded that metal-on-metal implants for hips generated “wear debris” as the components would rub together.
It was found that the tiny particles that came off from the constant friction could cause the patient to endure a complication known as “metallosis”. Metallosis occurs when the soft tissues are surrounded by a buildup of metallic waste. This buildup can cause the implant to fail, along with many other complications. Percy Martinez Law Firm is working on cases involving defective metal-on-metal implants for the hips that have caused many patients to endure injuries. The complications that can come from the condition metallosis include:
- Tissue damage
- Muscle damage
- Intense pain
- Elevated cobalt and chromium levels in the blood
- Formation of pseudo-tumor
Traditional implants have a lower rate of failure than metal-on-metal hip implants. Throughout the years, many patients who have received a metal-on-metal hip implant have had multiple surgeries to remove one or all components of the device. Sadly, revision surgery on a hip replacement is complicated because of the joint instability that the patient develops due to the damaged tissue they endure from metallosis. In the U.S, there is no joint registry system, meaning that the amount of failed hip replacements is impossible to calculate, but there are some manufacturers that have had higher failures with their products than others.
What a Faulty Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Can Do
There have been a number of complications linked with metal-on-metal hip replacements in addition to contracting metallosis. Here are some complications that individuals can endure which can indicate that the hip replacement failed:
- Intense pain in the leg, hip, and even groin area
- Popping or clicking sensation in the joint
- Implant loosening from the bone
- Loosening product caused surrounding bones to fracture
Not every patient knows what type of implant they had installed. The hospital where the surgery took place or the surgeon who performed the surgery should be contacted if the patient experiences any of the above symptoms or complications. If the hospital does not want to provide that information, the patient can speak with a defective hip implant lawyer from Percy Martinez law firm that will be able to have a form signed to release the information on the hip replacement that was installed like the model number and brand name.
Johnson & Johnson recalled two of their hip implants, but only one was recalled in the U.S the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System hip implant in 2010. In addition, in 2012, ABG II modular-neck and Rejuvenate hip implants were recalled by their manufacturers Stryker. There have been a few other models and manufacturers that have had problems with their hip implants, including Zimmer Durom Cup, Biomet M2A, and DePuy Pinnacle.
FAQS Concerning Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
Question: What is the purpose for hip replacements being recalled?
Answer: The main reason for the recall of metal-on-metal hip replacements is that many of them were found to have metal components that create complications. These metal particles fall off due to the friction of the metal components. In addition, the high failure rate associated with these implants reach as high as 50%.
Question: Which hip replacement models have been part of the recall?
Answer: There have been a few models and manufacturers that have either been withdrawn from the market or have been recalled by their manufacturers. Some of those hip replacements include: Trident Hip Implant, ASR XL Acetabular Hip System, ASR Hip Resurfacing System, Rejuvenate Modular, ABG 2 Modular-Neck Hip Stem, R3 Acetabular System, and Durom Acetabular Component. The website of the FDA keeps a partial list of the hip replacement recalls. More information can be given by a physician.
Question: What injuries can come from a defective hip replacement?
Answer: A faulty hip replacement can cause all of the following complications: swelling, chronic pain, damage muscle tissue, limited mobility, blood stream infection, and more.
Question: What are some symptoms that indicate a defective hip replacement?
Answer: The most common symptom that may indicate that not only a hip replacement is faulty, but any medical device that is used is swelling and pain. Any patient who has a hip replacement should not be experiencing any type of pain.
Question: Have there been any lawsuits filed against these hip replacement companies?
Answer: Yes. In fact, there have been tens of thousands of lawsuit that have been filed against them. The manufacturer, Depuy, recalled more than 93,000 hip replacements worldwide and have more than 10,000 lawsuits pending against them.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants: Statistics
- 37,000 hip replacements were recalled by Depuy in the United States
- More than 10,000 lawsuits have been filed for defective hip implants
- In 2010, about 310,800 people had a hip replacement surgery
- The mean age for hip replacement patients is 66.5
- 2% of hip replacement patients are female, while 40.8% are male
Case Verdicts for Defective Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
- Patients who had a Wright metal-on-metal implant that failed from 150 days to eights years after it was implanted received a combined of $240 million for 1,300 claims that were filed. The settlement was the result of a long five years of battling for compensation.
- The manufacturer Stryker paid a combined of $1.43 billion for thousands of claims for defective hip implants in 2014. The two devices that were found defective in the lawsuit were the ABG II and Rejuvenate hip replacement implants.
Defective Hip Implants May be Causing Your Pain
Anyone who believes that their hip replacement may be part of the recall list or is causing them complications should immediately contact the medical malpractice lawyers from Percy Martinez Law Firm. Hip replacements should be aiding the individual with their bad hip, not making their situation worse. The individual with a defective hip replacement can end with severe consequences. Seeking justice is the only way that the patient will be able to be compensated for the injuries that they have sustained due to the damaged hip replacement.
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