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06 Aug 2013

Metallosis Hip Replacement Lawsuit | Metal Toxicity Hip Implant Poisoning

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Metallosis, also known as metal poisoning, is a condition that is caused by the buildup of metallic debris in the soft tissue of the body.  Metallosis is in fact one of the most common significant complications a hip implant patient suffers from due to the fact that these defective metal-on-metal devices release cobalt and chromium into the blood as the metal components (ball and socket) rub against each other.

Multiple metal-on-metal hip replacement systems have been linked to metallosis, including those manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, Stryker, Zimmer Holdings, Wright Medical Technology, Biomet, Smith & Nephew.  At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, our Michigan hip recall lawsuit attorneys are currently accepting cases for patients suffering metallosis from a hip implant.

Types of Hip Replacement Surgeries Associated With Metallosis

There are several different types of hip replacement surgeries; however metallosis or metal toxicity poisoning is most common in hip resurfacing patients versus total hip replacement patients.  This is because hip resurfacing procedures usually use a larger femoral metal ball than a total hip replacement, which in part can produce more metallic debris.  In addition, most hip resurfacing patients are younger, which ultimately means they are usually more active and therefore put more wear and tear on their implant.  This is not to say those who have had a total hip replacement surgery can not suffer from metallosis. Any patient who has had a metal-on-metal hip implant is at risk for suffering metallosis complications.

Complications Linked to Metallosis

In patients who have metal sensitivity, metallosis can lead to metal poisoning.  Even though the full impact of metallosis is not fully known, several hip replacement complications it has been associated with include:Metallosis Hip Implant Medical Report

  • Implant failure
  • Joint pain
  • Implant loosening
  • Local tissue necrosis (tissue around the implant dies)
  • Deterioration of the bone around the implant
  • Format of cysts or pseudotumors
  • Osteolysis

In addition to the above complications, if metal ions spread from the surrounding tissues into the blood and the blood ion levels become too elevated (Co/Cr/Ti in blood), it can cause several psychological issues such as mental cognitive problems, emotional imbalance, severe headaches and complications with the nervous system.  Too elevated can include a level of 5 or above.

No Fee Promise Michigan Metallosis Hip Replacement Lawyers

Our Michigan hip replacement lawyers will represent you in your metallosis hip implant case under our No Fee Promise. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees or costs whatsoever until we win or settle your case.  You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case.  If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!

Do You Have a Michigan Metallosis Hip Replacement Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one suffered serious complications, including metallosis or metal toxicity poisoning after getting a metal-on-metal hip replacement implanted there may be legal ground to pursue a Michigan hip replacement lawsuit.

There are strict statute of limitations for filing a defective medical device lawsuit.  If you miss a deadline, your case will be lost forever.  Call now at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case with one of our expert hip implant attorneys and determine whether or not you have a metallosis lawsuit.  We will start working on your case immediately to ensure you receive the maximum amount of settlement you deserve.  Call today for your free, no obligation consultation!

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