Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Linked to Complications for Patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned metal-on-metal hip implants due to design flaws that are related to wear and tear. Daily wear and tear results in particle debris that can lead to serious complications and implant failure. Among these complications is a dangerous condition known as metallosis, or metal poisoning.

Metallosis has been linked to several side effects: severe joint pain, tissue death around the implant (local tissue necrosis), deterioration of the bone around the implant, implant loosening, implant failure, formation of cysts, formation of pseudotumors, and even osteolysis (bone death).

Perhaps the most serious long-term complication associated with metal-on-metal hip replacement surgeries comes from implant components loosening over time. A component could become worn and loose, or the cement may fail to hold the piece in place. A replacement surgery, known as a “revision” surgery, is not simple and can result in muscle loss, pain, loss of strength and infection.

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Product Recalls

Metal-on-metal implants are designed for durability, as well as a fuller range of motion in patients. During the last few years, there have been numerous recalls for defective metal-on-metal hip implants. Manufacturers and models of defective implants include:

  • Biomet Magnum M2a
  • DePuy ASR
  • DePuy Pinnacle
  • Stryker Rejuvenate
  • Stryker ABG II
  • Zimmer Durom

What should I do if I think my hip implants have caused me injury?

If you think that your metal hip implants have caused you harm, that is a medical matter that you should discuss with your doctors. They are the ones best suited to investigate failures.

If your surgeon determines the implant has failed and you need revision surgery, please contact Allen & Allen so that we may help you understand what legal options are available to you.

Litigation against various hip implant medical device companies continues. Some manufacturers have offered settlement programs for patients who have had replacement surgery.

If you or a loved one has ever suffered as a result of metal hip implants, contact Allen & Allen online or by calling 1-866-388-1307.

About The Author: Jason Konvicka is a partner and trial attorney with Allen & Allen in Richmond, Virginia. During his 20+ year career, he has achieved numerous record-setting jury verdicts and substantial settlements on behalf of his clients. His practice focuses on medical malpractice, bus accidents and product liability personal injury cases. Outside of the courtroom, Jason is involved with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and currently serves on its Board of Governors as Vice President.