Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Problems
Hip Implant Failure, Metal Toxicity, and Other Complications
One of the key selling points of metal-on-metal hip replacement systems
was better resistance to wear. Marketed to younger people with active
lifestyles, patients flocked to these supposedly more durable hip replacements.
Unfortunately for tens of thousands of recipients, manufacturers eager
to cash in had not done their homework or were not forthcoming about known
and serious complications. Recipients have experienced chronic pain and
inflammation in the joint, audible clicking or squeaking sounds, difficulty
standing or walking, groin pain, dislocation of the new hip, or loosening
of the implant from the femur.
In addition to the painful and disabling symptoms of the failed device,
many recipients of metal-on-metal hip implants have developed metallosis,
degenerative damage in surrounding bone and soft tissues from the toxic
effects of heavy metal ions (cobalt and chromium) released by the metal
ball and socket grinding together. The damage means some patients are
no longer candidates for new implants, including many recipients in their
50s and 60s who will never enjoy the promised lifestyle.
Instead of a hip that is supposed to last 15 years or more, an unusually
high number of patients have required revision surgery within 5 years
to replace the defective device with a different implant. They have no
choice but to endure the risks and hardships of a second surgery, including
rehab and lost time from work.
Contact Sullivan & Brill, LLP today for reliable representation after
New York Lawyers for Hip Replacement Recalls
Dating back to 2000, the Food and Drug Administration has received more
than 17,000 reports of device failure, metallosis, and other side effects
of metal-on-metal hip systems. Leading medical journals have cautioned
against metal-on-metal hips, denounced them outright, and encouraged recipients
to be monitored annually for metallosis.
Only after several years and countless complaints of complications did
manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip replacement and resurfacing implants
begin to issue recalls.
Sullivan & Brill, LLP
is currently investigating or pursuing lawsuits for recalled metal-on-metal
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of the metal-on-metal hip systems above or complications with different
hip implants made by these or other manufacturers. We offer our potential clients a
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