Metal On Metal Hip Replacements Linked to Many Injuries
Problems occur when the friction of the metal on metal hip replacement releases metal shavings and dust into nearby tissues and blood. This can lead to many painful side effects including:
- An allergic reaction or metal sensitivity
- Severe inflammatory reactions
- Pain in the groin
- Breakdown of muscles, tendons and other soft tissues in and around the hip joint
- Loss of surrounding bone
- Loss of mobility
All-metal artificial hips such as DePuy Orthopaedics’ Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing system have been surgically implanted in tens of thousands of people in the United States since 2005. Hip resurfacing with these products is a metal on metal hip replacement option for younger patients with hip problems who may not require conventional total hip replacement. The ASR XL Acetabular System is a metal on metal hip replacement option for patients 70 years of age and older.
FDA Issues Public Health Warning
In early 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health warning about such devices that have both a metal ball and a metal socket. The FDA’s warning followed more than 1300 complaints from patients about adverse side effects from their metal on metal hip replacements.
Metal on Metal Hip Replacements Have a High Failure Rate
After several clinical studies revealed high failure rates and adverse reaction incidence rates, Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopedics recalled their ASR Hip Resurfacing System as well as their ASR XL Acetabular System. The company cited high failure rate and higher than expected rates of patients requiring a second replacement procedure for the recall.
DePuy Metal on Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has been injured by a metal on metal hip replacement or an unsafe medical device, contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation to find out if a product liability lawyer may be able to help you.