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Warnings about Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Dangers Ignored, Patients Injured

Nationwide, hospitals are facing a growing number of metal-on-metal hip implant recipients experiencing injuries due to their new hips, and performing massive surgeries to remove the implant. On the operating table, the findings are disturbing. Dr. Young-Min Kwon, the lead orthopedic surgeon who recently operated on a 53-year-old man at Massachusetts General Hospital, stated, “What we are seeing is a complex phenomenon.” While only a small fraction of the 500,000 people in the U.S. who have received an all-metal hip implant in the last 15 years or so have suffered injuries from their new hip, the injuries have been dangerous. Not only are ... Read More

Dying Patient Fights to Have Hip Implant Suit Processed in State Court

Deborah Aldrich, a victim of stage 4 pancreatic cancer, has asked to remand her lawsuit against Wright Medical Technolgy Inc. to state court instead of federal court, so that the suit could proceed at a faster pace. Aldrich has been given a mere six months to live, and has argued that her cancer could end her life before she has the opportunity to testify in her own case. Aldrich is only one of more than 1,000 lawsuits claiming Wright Medical Technology’s hip implants are causing injuries because of their faulty metal-on-metal design. When the metal parts of the device rub together, flakes of metal can chip ... Read More

Metal Hip Implants Leeching Metal Bits into Bloodstream

Metal-on-metal hip implants were designed to last longer and hold up better than the typical hip implants made of ceramic or plastic parts. However, lawsuits are streaming in with claims that the metal hip implants are failing and causing serious problems. Hip implant surgery involves a painful recovery with initial limited movement. When metal hip implants fail, a revision surgery is often required, which is usually even more invasive with longer recovery time than the first surgery. Despite the painful symptoms of a failing hip implant, it has been discovered that when the metal parts of the implant rubbed together, metal ... Read More

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Failing in as Little as Five Years

Traditional hip implants are made with ceramic or plastic parts. However, medical advances and improvements have led companies like DePuy Orthopaedics, the orthopedic device unit of Johnson & Johnson, to try a newer way of creating hip implants using more durable material that is designed to hold up better over time – metal. Hip implants are supposed to last as long as 20 years or more. The recovery from a hip implant surgery can be painful and frustrating with limited movement. For this reason, patients receiving a hip implant wish to avoid any reason to have a revision surgery. However, ... Read More

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Causing Metal Poisoning and Metallosis

Metal-on-metal hip implants such as the DePuy ASR that uses a metal ball and cup or designs such as the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II  that uses a metal neck and stem have caused many patients to have adverse effects because of the corrosion of the metal components within the body, resulting in thousands of lawsuits. All of these components are made of cobalt and chromium which, upon corrosion and wear-down, can flake metal particles into the body and cause metallosis. The body naturally stores a certain level of chromium and cobalt, which promotes healthy cellular function. However, when these metal components from a hip ... Read More

New 3D-printed Titanium Hip Implant Unveiled

Smith & Nephew, a global medical technology business, has creatively designed a titanium hip implant using 3-D technology. The new REDAPT™ Revision Acetabular Fully Porous Cup with CONCELOC™ Technology is designed to be used in revision cases where implant fixation and stability is made more difficult by compromised bone. A 3-D process produces an entirely porous implant that allows ingrowth and mimics the structure of cancellous bone. The stability of the implant can be strengthened using new variable-angle locking screws, and minimizes micromotion following surgery. The FDA has cleared the use of REDAPT Cup in November 2015, but was just officially ... Read More

Design flaws uncovered with more DePuy metal hip implants

Design defects with metal-on-metal hip implants made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics are in the spotlight again, this time for “size” issues that are allegedly causing pain and injuries, according to an investigation by The Telegraph. The company says that there was an “error in the measuring techniques” with its metal hip implants manufactured at a DePuy plant in Yorkshire, United Kingdom, and that this design flaw could contribute to adverse events experienced by patients. The company said it removed the equipment causing the problems, though it did not say when it discovered the problem or how it ... Read More

Mom’s metal hip implant may pose health risks to her unborn child

Women who have metal-on metal hip implants who become pregnant may pass metal ions from the implant to their unborn babies during pregnancy, posing risks to the developing fetus, according to a new study. About 200,000-300,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed each year in the United States. The procedures are generally performed on older adults; however, about 5-10 percent of the surgeries are on patients younger than 50 – including women of childbearing age, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Traditional hip implants are made with plastic or ceramic parts. In the past two decades, manufacturers have designed ... Read More

Man blames bizarre symptoms on corroding metal hip implant

Howard Piper remembers the overwhelming fatigue that first hit him in 2011. He was driving when he was overcome with exhaustion, and plowed right into the path of an oncoming car. Luckily, no one was injured in the crash, but Howard was baffled by his sudden and overwhelming bout of fatigue. It was just the beginning of strange symptoms that would plague him for years to come. The fatigue became chronic, and he also became irritable and began suffering from tinnitus, a bothersome ringing in the ears. He eventually discovered the cause of his problems – his artificial metal hip ... Read More

Judge allows liability, negligence claims to go ahead in Smith & Nephew hip implant lawsuit

A federal judge in West Virginia announced on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, that he would permit a woman named Anna Raab’s product liability and negligence claims to go to trial in a lawsuit in which she claims Smith & Nephew Inc. produced a faulty hip replacement that led to her personal injuries. Anna Raab claims that Smith & Nephew clearly violated the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) current good manufacturing practice requirements, which is a breach of federal law. The current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) is a regulation system whose goal is to ensure medical devices are safe, effective, ... Read More