Metal on Metal (MOM) hip implants have recently become one of the most widespread medical implant failures in recent years, leading to severe complications and the need for thousands of premature hip removals. Metal on metal hip implants have been linked to severe pain, inflammation, swelling, adverse local tissue reactions, loosening of its parts, high cobalt, high chromium, and metallosis. Any of these conditions may lead to complete hip replacement, and the damage to local bone, tissue, and muscle can be permanent and impact the function of new hip devices, not to mention the risk of infection or complications from the major surgery itself.
Levin Simes Abrams is currently investigating cases and filing lawsuits on behalf of injured consumers. If you have a metal on metal device with complications or a revision, please contact us today at 1-888-426-4156, or by filling out the form on this page. We evaluate cases at no cost to you.
Metal on metal hip systems create complications when its components rub against each other and shed small metallic particles which create a condition called metallosis, or metal overload. Over time, this build up of foreign particles becomes toxic and creates painful complications. Typically the metals in these devices are cobalt and chromium.
Not every device that is metal on metal has a metal cup or liner paired with a metal cup. Many devices on the market have modular neck designs, meaning the neck component is a separate device impacted into the femoral stem during the implant surgery. Devices such as the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II were such modular devices, they were recalled by the FDA for metallosis from this “trunnion”, despite many devices having a plastic liner inside the cup.
As of August 2016, Stryker recalled Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads.
In addition there are currently active litigations for Stryker Accolade, DePuy ASR, DePuy Pinnacle, the latter being two of the most popular metal on metal hip implant systems. In evaluating the claims of thousands of individuals with Stryker and DePuy systems, the FDA has begun investigating claims for individuals with other MOM hip systems. Other notable manufactures and devices include Zimmer Durom, Wright Medical Conserve, Wright Medical Profemur.
For more information on recalls, visit these pages:
An image of a metal hip implant with aseptic (non infection related) loosening:
Metal on metal hip implant device failures:
A recent study from the British Orthopaedic Association showed a much higher than anticipated failure rate for metal on metal hip systems, including a 49% failure rate at 6 years for the DePuy ASR XL. But other metal on metal devices are proving to be similarly defective. Many of our clients’ orthopedic surgeons are ordering periodic blood testing for heavy metals including chromium and cobalt in an attempt to monitor them given that elevated blood serum and/or whole blood levels of these metals may be a signal of premature failure and heavy metal toxicity.
- Intense paint at the site of hip replacement
- Groin or thigh pain
- Spontaneous dislocation
- Tissue Mass or Rash
- Black tissue
- Bone Deterioration
- Stryker Rejuvenate
- Stryker ABG II
- DePuy ASR
- Zimmer Durom
Other metal on metal devices:
- DePuy Pinnacle
- Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40
- Stryker Accolade
- Wright Conserve
- Wright Profemur
Levin Simes Abrams has already taken many cases successfully from filed cases in court to a complete settlement. If you have any of the devices listed above, please contact us today to investigate your case and evaluate if you may qualify for a future settlement against a metal on metal device manufacturer.
Your Potential Hip Recall Lawsuit
Based on this information and your state’s statute of limitations, it is best to protect your legal rights now if your hip system has failed or fails in the future. If you believe you have a metal on metal hip implant system, it is of paramount importance that we identify what hip system(s) you had implanted in your body. Your help is appreciated in contacting the implanting surgeon’s office and/or securing your implant stickers and operative report relating to your implant from the hospital where the implant occurred.
If you would like Levin Simes Abrams to investigate your potential claim or lawsuit, please fill out the contact form on this page, email us at [email protected], or call us at 1-888-426-4156. We look forward to discussing your case with you.