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Metal-on-Metal Hips Marketed as ‘Better’ Despite Lack of Long-Term Data to Prove It

One of the most successful medical advancements of  the 20th century is the total hip replacement. In 2010 alone, more than 300,000 hip procedures were performed in the U.S. Many materials have been used in hip prosthetics, and metal-on-metal surfaces have been used as early as 1948. Because the metal-on-plastic models have shown to have higher revision rates for younger, more active patients, there has been a push toward reviving metal-on-metal hip implant designs. The metal-on-metal hips showed positive results during early short-term clinical studies. Because of this, orthopedic surgeons readily accepted this modernized version of an old prosthetic and recommended ... Read More

Illness Plagues Metal-on-Metal Hip Patient

Di Harvey, an ambitious 60-year-old former nurse in New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, had been hard at work restoring her town as well as the cinema and antique shop wiped out by the flood waters of Charlton in 2011. But when health problems started getting in the way of her efforts, Harvey sought necessary medical help. After pain killers and anti-inflammatories didn’t help the pain in her neck diagnosed as a pinched nerve, she visited an orthopedic surgeon. The neck pain was a result of her back problem, the Bendigo orthopedic surgeon had said, which was a direct result of her artificial ... Read More

UK Man Says of DePuy ASR metal hip implant, “It has blighted my life.”

Colin Gee is a 72-year-old British retired council worker from the Isle of Wight. He loved to swim 40-60 lengths, could walk for miles on end, and cared for his wife Andrea, who has dementia. The only thing that slowed him down was a metal-on-metal hip implant. Gee had received an ASR metal hip implant made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Soon after, he reported that the new hip caused a “tennis ball”-sized swelling and kept him in daily pain. He described his life as “hell.” “The pain is always there,” Gee said. “I was very fit before. I ... Read More

Plaintiff’s $8.3 million Award in Metal-on-Metal Hip Trial Still Stands after Johnson & Johnson’s Appeal

Loren Kransky says that his metal-on-metal ASR XL hip made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, failed less than five years after he received it. In March of 2013, after a trial that lasted five weeks, a California jury sided with him and awarded him with an $8.3 million verdict. Kransky’s trial was the first of thousands of product liability cases filed against DePuy for the failed ASR metal-on-metal hip. Johnson & Johnson immediately appealed the decision. Last March, a federal jury in Dallas, Texas, sided with the another group of plaintiffs and slapped Johnson & Johnson ... Read More

Patients with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Need Lifelong Blood Checks

Metal-on-metal hip implants have been a health concern ever since patients began coming forward with reports of complications from their new hips. In an article published by BBC News, patients who have received a metal-on-metal hip implant need lifelong blood checks for cobalt and chromium levels. Manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants, such as DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson,  Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical, Zimmer Biomet Holdings and Stryker are facing lawsuits alleging the devices resulted in problems including loosening, bone erosion, damage to surrounding tissue as well as metallosis, a dangerous blood condition that occurs when metal bits flake off the device and make their way into the bloodstream. The metal-on-metal ... Read More

Patients Experience Cobalt Poisoning after Hip Replacement Surgery

Dr. Steve Tower specializes in hip, knee and shoulder surgery as well as general orthopedics and trauma care. In 2006, Tower had hip replacement surgery and received a metal-on-metal hip implant design made of chrome cobalt. A year after the hip was replaced, he began experiencing pain. Having replaced “about a thousand” hips in patients himself, Tower knew this was not the norm. Remembering that the hip was made of cobalt, he decided to have his blood levels checked. He found the cobalt levels in his blood to be extremely high. Three years after replacement, the hip became so painful that revision ... Read More

New Zealand Woman Experiences Severe Metal Toxicity Two Years After Receiving Double Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Lynne McKay was a healthy 50-year old former nurse that suffered from hip dysplasia, a painful condition in which growths form at the hip joints. She could barely make it to the mailbox and back. “I got to a place where I could only walk to the letterbox with two walking sticks,” McKay recalls. She was admitted in 2007 for a double hip replacement and received the Stryker Mitch THR (total hip replacement) System, with metal components made of cobalt and chromium. She was excited to finally get her life back. Almost immediately, McKay began experiencing pain. Her hips clicked when she walked. ... Read More

UK Woman Suffers Tissue Damage and Metallosis after Receiving Metal-on-Metal Hip

A healthy 42-year-old UK woman had a hip resurfacing surgery, receiving a brand new metal-on-metal hip made of cobalt and chromium by Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics. After only four years she began experiencing progressing pain. Six months later, she was diagnosed with destruction of bone tissue called osteolysis, and the metal level in her blood was “grossly elevated.” Doctors discovered during surgery that metallosis, or blood poisoning caused by metal content, was “massive aggressive” both in the joint and around it. Half the cervical neck of the implant had been heavily eroded as well as the acetabulum. The “catastrophic” hip implant failure was corrected by revision surgery, using ... Read More

Problems with Metal-on-Metal Hip implants may be detected with MRI before painful symptoms appear

According to a study published by the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, problems with metal-on-metal hip implants such as inflammation and tissue damage may be present before symptoms such as as discomfort or pain ever appear. The researchers say that implant failure can be detected with a simple MRI before the patient ever experiences the first signs of pain, and before the surrounding tissue sustains any further damage. Inflammation of the joint lining is called synovitis, and is linked with metal-on-metal hip implants, manufacturers of these devices are currently facing a number of lawsuits alleging injuries linked to their products. Other metal-on-metal hip manufacturers such as Smith & Nephew, Wright ... Read More

FDA reveals new draft guidance for 3-D printing of medical devices

The fast-growing technology of 3-D printing may revolutionize the way medical devices, particularly knee and hip implants, are made. Already, the 3-D printed titanium hip implant design known as  REDAPT™ Revision Acetabular Fully Porous Cup with CONCELOC™ Technology has been applauded as being a potential long-term solution for patients that are in need of hip replacement. Recent litigation, including the eye-popping $497.6 Million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics, has revealed a host of potential problems with metal-on-metal hip implants. Patients are reporting experiencing adverse effects after these metal implants are installed, such as dislocations and fractures that often require revision surgery to remove and ... Read More