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08 Aug 2013

Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants Can Cause Serious Complications

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Our Michigan hip replacement lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent victims who suffer serious injuries and complications from a defective metal-on-metal hip replacement implant. When a hip replacement patient suffers significant problems due to the defectiveness of the metal-on-metal hip implant, it can give rise to a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the medical device.  Often times, these defective hip replacement lawsuits result in significant settlements.

At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, our top rated are attorneys are currently accepting cases for patients against Stryker Orthopaedics, Depuy Orthopaedics, Zimmer Holdings, Wright Medical Technology, Smith & Nephew, and Biomet Inc. for serious complications associated with their defective medical device.

What are Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants?

Metal-on-Metal (MoM) hip implants consist of a ball, stem and shell, all made out of metal materials and were designed to offer several benefits, such as decreased chance of device failure, which is proving not to be true.  In fact, in February of 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public safety communication about these MoM hip devices, saying that after a joint replacement surgery, if you experience pain or have other medical concerns or issues to talk to your doctor or orthopaedic surgeon.  

There are two different types of metal-on-metal hip replacements: total hip replacement systems and resurfacing hip systems. Traditional MoM hip replacement systems consist of a metal ball (femoral head), a metal femoral stem in the thighbone, and a metal cup in the hip bone (acetabular component).  Metal-on-Metal resurfacing hip systems consist of a trimmed femoral head capped with a metal covering.

Newest Reports of Complications Arising from Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements

In metal-on-metal hip implants, the metal ball and the metal cup slide against each other to produce comfort and improve strain in the patient. However, because they are made from cobalt and chromium, rather than plastic, the sliding together of the parts may produce debris resulting in toxicity in the patient.

New research has shown that metal-on-metal devices can quickly begin to wear, generating high volumes of metallic debris that is absorbed into a patient’s body causing significant health problems. This reaction can result in Metallosis, and other inflammatory reactions such as pain in the groin, deteriorating tissue, and even deterioration of the surrounding bone.

Should You Undergo Revision Surgery?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), before undergoing a revision surgery they recommend that a patient who suffers serious injuries and or complications after a hip replacement surgery take several tests first to ensure a revision surgery is the best option. These include:

  1. Regular Clinical Evaluation-Patients who feel that their hip is malfunctioning should undergo evaluation every six months. Patients who feel their hip is functioning properly should undergo evaluation at least once every 1 to 2 years.
  2. Soft Tissue Imaging-Helps to consider the benefits and risks of MRI, CT and ultrasound for each patient, but not necessary if you feel your hip is functioning properly.
  3. Metal Ion Testing-Monitors serial metal ion levels in the body, but not necessary if you feel your hip is functioning properly.

It is extremely important that if you develop new or worsening symptoms from your hip implant such as pain, swelling, numbness, noise, and or change in your ability to walk, you should contact your orthopaedic surgeon immediately to undergo testing.

Do You Have a Michigan Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one suffered serious complications from a metal-on-metal hip implant there may be legal ground to pursue a Michigan hip replacement lawsuit.

There are strict statutes of limitations for filing a defective medical device lawsuit. If you miss a deadline your case will be lost forever.   It is important when choosing your lawyer for your metal-on-metal hip replacement case that you choose an attorney that has significant experience representing patients injured by a defective medical device.  We work directly with other national law firms to win the best settlement for our clients.

Contact Your Experienced Michigan Hip Replacement Lawyer

It is important that patients are fully aware of the potential association between the implantation of a metal-on-metal hip replacement device and serious complications, such as metallosis and osteolysis.  Call our top rated defective medical device Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. legal team now at (800) 606-1717 if you suffer serious injuries or complications from metal-on-metal hip implant. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and medical records to prove and win your case.  We will also represent you under our No Fee Promise which means no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case.  Call today for your free legal consultation and learn whether or not you have a hip recall lawsuit!

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