More scrutiny is being placed on metal-on-metal hip replacements, as additional complaints are being filed against device manufactures. .
A woman in Texas recently filed a lawsuit against Biomet Orthopedics, alleging that her health problems are stemming from the M2A Magnum metal-on-metal that was implanted in May 2009.
The 69-year-old woman believes that the device failed shortly after it was implanted. She is dealing with metal blood poisoning, as tests have revealed elevated levels of cobalt and chromium, which is thought to be a direct result of the two metal components grinding against one another as the patient moves.
Much like the DePuy ASR, both the head and the acetabular cup (or ball and socket components) in the Biomet are made of metal. When these two components rub or grind against each other, small metal pieces could be flaking off and entering the surrounding tissue and the bloodstream.
Patients with metal-on-metal hips are experiencing moderate to severe hip pain, pain in the groin area, tissue damage, inflammation and difficulty sitting, standing or walking, among other problems. These health issues have ultimately resulted in the need for a complete revision surgery in many patients.
More than 90,000 metal-on-metal hip replacement devices were recalled by DePuy Orthopedics, and thousands of lawsuits have formed as a result. The suits have been consolidated into Multi-District Litigation in the United States District Court in the Northern District of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio, under the Honorable David A. Katz.
The FDA is also investigating the long-term affects that Metallosis, or elevated levels of metal in the blood, have on the body. As more research becomes available, ZKB Law will continue to provide it to the public via this blog.
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