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Dangers Associated with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Written by Ankin Law Office

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that the risks associated with metal-on-metal hip implants outweighed any benefits of such medical devices. As this article states, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a report indicating that data compiled by the FDA indicates that metal-on-metal hip replacement systems are more likely to fail than other hip implant devices.

Although the FDA did not ban metal-on-metal hip implants, several manufacturers of metal-on-metal him implants have recalled their products, including , including Stryker’s recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Implant Systems on July 6, 2012 and DePuy Orthopedics’ recall of two of its popular hip replacement systems – the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System – in August 2010.

The Stryker hip implants were recalled due to risks of corrosion and fretting which can damage or injure surrounding tissues. Metal-on-metal hip implants, like the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants, have been associated with significant risk of developing serious complications including the following:

  • Tissue damage
  • Device failure
  • Bone and muscle deterioration
  • Necrosis
  • Hip and groin pain
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Numbness
  • Metallosis, or the buildup of metallic ions in the tissues of the body
  • Dislocation of non-cemented implants
  • Pseudotumors
  • Gait issues and inability to walk
  • Adverse affects to nervous system, heart, and thyroid gland

Some patients may require a subsequent corrective surgery to remove and replace the recalled Stryker hip product.

According to this article, some suggest that metal-on-metal hip implants may have a higher failure rate due to contributing factors. For instance, some researchers have suggested that a patient with a metal-on-metal hip implant who continued to smoke after hip replacement surgery had complications more often than those who did not smoke. Other researchers have noted that women, particularly those who underwent hip replacement surgery with a metal-on-metal implant in 2004 and thereafter, were far more likely to have problems with the device.

What to Do If You Have Received One of the Recalled Hip Implants

Patients who have received the recalled Styker hip implants should consult with their doctor immediately. If you are uncertain about whether you have one of the recalled products implanted, you should also contact your doctor or consult your medical records.

If you suspect that your hip implant system is causing medical problems, such as swelling or pain, you should see your doctor immediately. You may also wish to consult with a skilled hip implant attorney as you may be entitled to compensation for injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, in a product liability or medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact the Chicago product liability lawyers at Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (312) 600-0000 to learn more about the Stryker hip implant recall.

Categories: Hip Implant Recalls