Hip Implants & Complications
Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Lawyers Also Serving Western and Central NY
Millions of people experience severe hip pain just trying to do simple things like walking or standing. To relieve the discomfort and get back to enjoying everyday activities, many undergo hip replacement or hip resurfacing surgery and trade their diseased hip joints for artificial ones. Plastic/polyethylene, ceramic, and metal are all used to construct ball and socket hip implants. However, potentially serious injuries have resulted from some of the metal-on-metal hip joints and have necessitated revision surgeries much sooner than initially projected. Friction between the metal parts can release metal particles and ions into the body causing, among other things, pseudotumors, bone loss, and organ damage. The cause of these failures may include design factors, technique factors, and factors related to patient immune responses.
In the United States, there are currently six manufacturers of metal-on-metal total hip replacement systems and three approved metal-on-metal resurfacing hip systems. Several total systems have been recalled in attempts to protect the public and limit liability. Unfortunately, thousands of people had already experienced injury before the recalls were issued and such recalls do not necessarily compensate injured people adequately for their pain, suffering, and medical treatment. If you are concerned that you might have a recalled metal-on-metal system and are uncertain about which type it is, you should contact the orthopedic surgeon who performed your procedure.
Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Replacement System Manufacturers
- Biomet – devices include M2a Hip Devices, Mallory-Head (recalled), and Taperloc
- DePuy Orthopedics – devices include ASR XL Acetabular System (recalled), ASR Hip Resurfacing System (recalled), AML, Pinnacle, and Prodigy
- DJO Surgical (formerly Encore Medical) – devices include Foundation, Linear, and Revelation
- Smith & Nephew – devices include R3 Acetabular metal liner (recalled), Duo, IVS Tunneler, TriGen Hip Nail, Synergy
- Wright Medical Technology – devices include Profemur Z Hip Stem (recalled), Perfecta, Dynasty, and Metal Transcend
- Zimmer Holdings – devices include Durom Acetabular Component (Durom Cup) (recalled), Mayo Hip (recalled), VerSys, and Longevity
Metal-on-Metal Hip Resurfacing Systems
- Birmingham Hip Resurfacing – made by Smith & Nephew
- Cormet Hip Resurfacing System – made by Corin Medical (marketed in the US by Stryker Orthopedics)
- CONSERVE Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System – made by Wright Medical Technology
Stryker Orthopedics manufactured a pair of devices, the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, that it voluntarily recalled in 2012 after patients experienced similar side effects as with other hip systems. The circumstances surrounding Depuy’s ASR XL Acetabular System were particularly noteworthy because the recall did not come until after data from an international study indicated that the five year failure rate was as high as one in eight patients. The company also neglected to mention the high failure rate data at the time of the recall, instead claiming that the phase out was due to declining sales.
When a medical device does not work as it should, the effects can be damaging and extensive. Medical device manufacturers have a legal responsibility to make their devices safe, to meet Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, and to warn of any risks or side effects involved in using the device. Patients have a right to know the risks associated with a particular medical device. The Buffalo, New York defective hip replacement lawyers of Feroleto Law are dedicated to representing victims of negligently manufactured and marketed MoM hip systems. We will carefully investigate all of the evidence and we have the experience to hold accountable companies that may have sacrificed your health in the name of corporate profit. If you or someone you love has been injured by a metal-on-metal total hip replacement or resurfacing system, or have the symptoms or diagnosis of metallosis (metal poisoning), you may have valuable legal rights. Please contact us today for an evaluation of your case by calling 716-854-0700 or by filling out this form.