Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuits
Across the United States, thousands of individuals continue to suffer from injuries caused by their defective metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. Many have filed hip implant lawsuits against the manufacturers. Due to the alarmingly high failure rates and severe side effects, the FDA and various manufacturers have issued recalls, which has included the following products: DePuy ASR Resurfacing Systems, DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System, the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II.
Metal Hip Implants
Ceramic and plastic hip implants or hip resurfacing options typically have a lifespan of ten years. Metal-on-metal hip replacement devices were designed to last up to 20 years; however, studies have shown that these devices have high failure rates, and many individuals with metal-on-metal hip devices have to undergo revision surgeries within five years.
These hip implants consist of both the ball and socket components being made of metal. They were used to help avoid complications of debris, wearing from devices made of plastic/polyethylene. Similar to the plastic implants, the metal surfaces are giving off small particles of debris. The metal surfaces have been shown to corrode, causing metal ions to enter the space around the implant or even into the bloodstream. When this happens, individuals frequently experience pain or swelling around the hip, as well as osteolysis. In some of the most severe circumstances, this can cause permanent damage to surrounding tissue and internal organs such as the kidneys or liver.
The metal debris has also been known to cause blood toxicity, known as metallosis, which can lead to other severe side effects, including: impaired kidney function, thyroid dysfunction, cardiomyopathy (weakening of the heart muscle), neurological and psychological changes.
Common Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Side Effects
- Limited mobility
- Clicking or crunching of hip
- Swelling or infection
- Joint failure
- Implant replacement
- Loosening of the implant
- Fracture of hip bone
- Groin pain
- Hip pain
- Cobalt poisoning
List of Common Metal-on-Metal Hip Products
- DePuy – ASR, Pinnacle
- Biomet – M2A Magnum, M2A 38
- Smith & Nephew – R3
- Stryker – Rejuvenate, ABGII
- Wright – Conserve, Profemur Z
- Zimmer – Durom Cup, Versys
Contact an Experienced Metal Hip Replacement Lawyer
California metal hip implant lawyer Brooks Cutter and our firm have, collectively, been involved with hip ligation for nearly eight years representing clients nationwide. Brooks has been selected for leadership roles in a number or coordinated cases, most recently for the Stryker Rejuvenate litigation in Minnesota. He has also served as a member of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee and Co-Chair of the Hip Discovery Committee in Multi-District Ligation in Ohio on behalf of people implanted with a defective Sulzer hip.
If you’ve received a metal hip replacement and have suffered injuries from your implant or have had to undergo revision surgery, you may be eligible to file a hip implant lawsuit. Contact the hip replacement lawyers at Cutter Law to set-up a free case evaluation and learn more about your legal rights. Give us a call Toll Free at (916) 669-4496, or by filling out the contact form.
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