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Patients claiming injuries from Hip Implants continue quest for compensation despite roadblocks

Patients in New Zealand who claim they have been injured by metal-on-metal hip implants have hit another roadblock in their fight for compensation, but are not giving up. Justice David Collins in the High Court at Wellington has ruled that New Zealand’s method of accident compensation disallows plaintiffs from suing the hip implant manufacturer, DePuy International, which is based in Leeds, England. The three plaintiffs represent a larger group of 38 claimants that are seeking to file claims against DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, for compensation in regards to their failed devices. One of the claimants, James Elliott, who has become an unofficial ... Read More

Metal-on-Metal Hip Recipients Report Severe Sickness

A fall at work in the ’90s caused Australian native Lianne Slinger an injury that led to a total hip replacement in 1999. She received a Sulzer metal-on-metal hip, which has now been recalled. Shortly after, she began experiencing a series of health problems from metal poisoning linked to her hip. Metal-on-metal hip components are made of cobalt and chromium, which, upon corrosion and wear-down, can flake metal particles into the body and cause metallosis. Metallosis is a type of metal poisoning that is a resulting side effect of joint replacing devices such as metal-on-metal hip implants. The symptoms include implant failure, necrosis ... Read More

Patients with metal-on-metal hip exhibit increase in cobalt and chromium levels

Just two years ago, a five-year follow-up was performed on 52 randomized patients that had received either a metal-on-metal hip or metal-on-polyethylene hip implant. Tests confirmed an alarming 10- to 20-fold increase in cobalt and chromium levels in the systems of the patients who received the metal-on-metal hip implant. Most hip implants last for 20 years or more. However, patients are reporting metal hip implants like the ASR metal-on-metal hip implants made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, are failing in only five years Other metal-on-metal hip implant makers are Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical, Zimmer Biomet Holdings and Stryker. All  have faced an onslaught ... 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

Newer hip implants may not be better than older models

When Dr. Art Sedrakyan and fellow researchers published the first paper on premature failures of metal-on-metal hip replacement systems in 2011, several medical device manufacturers responded by withdrawing their all-metal hip implants. It turned out the failures were caused when the metal parts rubbed against each other, causing metal bits to inflame neighboring tissue and leech into the bloodstream poisoning the blood. “Back in 2011 when we published the first paper on metal-on-metal hips, hundreds of people contacted me and asked if they should be worried about hip replacement in general,” says Sedrakyan, of the Patient Centered Comparative Effectiveness Program ... Read More

DePuy settles ASR metal hip complaint before trial start

Johnson & Johnson has settled a personal-injury lawsuit that accused its DuPuy Orthopaedics unit of manufacturing defective metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. The lawsuit had been selected as a bellwether case among several other cases DePuy faces over its ASR hip implants, and was destined for an October 15 trial in San Francisco Superior Court. In March, a Los Angeles jury ordered DePuy to pay Loren “Bill” Kransky, a retired prison guard, $8.3 million in damages for injuries he allegedly received from an all-metal ASR hip device made by DePuy. Mr. Krannsky’s case was chosen as the first of more than ... Read More

Lawyers ask FDA to investigate DePuy after alleged wrongdoing surfaces in ASR hip trials

Lawyers representing patients allegedly harmed by metal-on-metal hip implants have called upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson that manufactured and sold and subsequently recalled tens of thousands of defective metal ASR hips. The lawyers say new evidence emerged in testimony given during the first two bellwether personal-injury trials indicating DePuy broke federal laws when it concealed information that could have spared thousands of patients from injuries allegedly brought about by its ASR metal hip implants. That evidence had been sealed by court order until ... Read More

Canadian report reinforces dangers of metal-on-metal hip implants

Hip-replacement patients fitted with all-metal large-diameter modular implants, such as DePuy’s ASR hip devices, are more than three times likely to need to need their devices replace prematurely, according to a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health information (CIHI). While the Canadian report doesn’t shed new light on the risks many metal-on-metal hip devices pose, it echoes the findings of many previous studies and reports that have found certain types of all-metal hip implants are, by design, prone to fail early and injure the patient. The CIHI based its conclusions on voluntary data for 56,942 hip-replacement surgeries performed ... Read More

Lady Gaga reveals she was close to needing a full hip replacement

Lady Gaga was possibly one performance away from needing a full hip replacement after an injury forced her to postpone, then cancel, the remaining 22 gigs on her Born This Way Ball tour, the artist revealed in a recent interview. In February, Gaga’s tour company announced that she suffered from a “labral tear of the right hip,” which is essentially a tear of the cartilage that forms the outside socket of the hip joint. A labral tear is usually painful and immobilizing, but Gaga’s case turned out to be exceptionally severe, she told Women’s Wear Daily. “My injury was actually ... Read More

Ireland orders review for all patients with metal artificial hips

Irish health regulators have ordered a major review of all patients with artificial hips made with all metal parts. The order follows an investigation last year by the United Kingdom’s medical devices regulatory agency during which it was recommended that patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement systems be checked on a regular basis for indications of device failure and a type of metal poisoning caused when the device begins to corrode. Traditional hip implants are made with ceramic or plastic parts. A decade ago manufacturers introduced devices made with all metal parts expecting they would be more durable. However, the devices ... Read More