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FDA Panel Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants are not recommended for Most Patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel of medical device experts convened recently, advising against metal-on-metal hip implants, just short of banning the device altogether. The panel also advised that any patients who have received the devices should be evaluated with an X-ray and blood tests, particularly if they are experiencing pain or other symptoms that might indicate device failure. In particular, blood tests would allow detection of metal in the bloodstream, which could result in metallosis, a dangerous condition of metal poisoning in the blood. The metal-on-metal hip designs, made by a number of medical device manufacturers such as Wright Medical, ... Read More

Cobalt Toxicity is a Serious Risk for Metal-on-Metal Hip Patients

When Robert Peters wrote the Daily Mail for advice from Dr. Scurr about concerns with his metal-on-metal hip implants, the response seemed to only confirm his greatest fears – that his hip implants could be poisoning him. Peters’ blood was tested after his surgeon informed him of the recent reports of metal-on-metal hip failures. “Blood tests revealed I have 100 times more than normal the amount of cobalt in my blood,” Peters wrote, “as well as dangerous amounts of chromium.” Dr. Scurr explained that metal-on-metal hips are usually made of a stainless steel alloy containing cobalt and chromium, and were intended to ... Read More

Rehearing Petition Filed in metal hip litigation alleges evidence was ignored

Only a year after Gregory Kline received a Zimmer Holdings, Inc. metal-on-metal hip implant in 2010, the femoral stem snapped. Kline and his wife filed a lawsuit against Zimmer, with claims of negligent design defect and negligent failure to warn. The case was processed in Pennsylvania federal court, but the Third Circuit panel threw out the information brought in from a suit by a patient whose hip replacement broke as well. The panel also rejected an expert report that indicated Zimmer’s negligence. The Third Circuit ruled in favor of Zimmer. However, the Klines are claiming that the three-judge Third Circuit panel had improperly ... Read More

Scottish Man’s Metal Hip Removed After Only Three Years leaving him Permanently Crippled

John Haldane was 68 when he received a new hip, a metal-on-metal design that he was told would last two decades. Three years later, the hip had to be removed, leaving him permanently crippled. “I’m disabled and this should not have happened,” Haldane said. “I just want the company which made the implants to take responsibility.” Now, 88 people who allege they were permanently injured by metal-on-metal hip implants are seeking compensation for the agony and problems they say they experienced from their new prosthetic. Their ages range from 30s to 80s, and each claim their lives have been ruined by the faulty device. They’re ... 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 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

Zimmer settles Durom Cup hip implant litigation

As of  Feb. 11, Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. has settled most of its litigation for Durom Cup hip implants, which includes about 400 lawsuits alleging that its metal hip implant device loosens, resulting in pain, injury and additional surgeries. The Zimmer settlement is part of litigation surrounding metal-on-metal hip implants involving numerous manufacturers. Many of the metal-on-metal hip implants being investigated in this litigation have been found to fail within as little as five years. Many patients have had to undergo revision surgery to remove and replace their defective metal hip implant. These surgeries are typically more invasive and require longer recovery than ... Read More

International safety alert issued on metal hip device

Medsafe, New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, has issued an international safety alert on the Durom Acetabular Cup, an artificial hip device that was discontinued by its manufacturer in June 2011. The device has been failing at a higher than expected rate, causing some patients to undergo revision surgery to have their defective hip implants removed and replaced. The Durom Acetabular Cup, made by Zimmer Inc., is designed with metal-on-metal parts, just like the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement system and resurfacing system. The Depuy device was recalled by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, ... Read More