The Hidden Truth Behind Metal on Metal Hip Implants

Metal on Metal hip implants, such as DePuy ASR, DePuy Pinnacle and Wright ProFemur Hip are defective due to the high rates of revision surgery which are necessary because of device failure. Patients suffer tissue damage, bone loss, and joint fluid build-up. To be properly examined, a patient needs blood tests, ct scans and ultrasounds. The failed devices require pre-mature revision, and cause pseudo tumors, cracks in the acetabulum, loss of joint fluid, and abductor muscle dislocation. A pseudo tumor is when joint fluid and dying tissue create a mass that hardens. If one has a pseudo tumor, revision is required because of the increased risk of dislocation. A crack in the acetabulum requires extensive reconstructive surgery to repair the crack. When joint fluid dislocation occurs, it gets between the ball and cup. There are presently 4,100 DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits pending in federal court.

Surgeons Advised to Stop Using Replacements

On April 2, 2012 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued advice to surgeons to stop using a particular combination of metal-on-metal total hip replacements because it has a high revision rate compared with other implants. The MHRA’s release has also advised surgeons to closely monitor patients with this combination of implants. The Levensten Law Firm is lead counsel in many metal on metal hip implant lawsuits that are pending in federal court.

FDA Announcement

On March 29, 2012, the FDA announced it will convene the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee on June 27–28, 2012. The agency will consider expert scientific and clinical opinion on the risks and benefits of MoM hip systems. The outside scientific and medical experts will discuss recent information on these devices including:

  • Failure rates and modes
  • Metal ion testing
  • Imaging methods
  • Local and systemic complications
  • Patient risk factors
  • Considerations for follow-up after surgery

The FDA is then expected to make safety recommendations concerning these dangerous metal on metal hip implants.

Are You a Victim of Metal on Metal Hip Implants?

The Levensten Law Firm is lead counsel in many metal on metal hip implant lawsuits that are pending in state and federal courts. We investigate and file lawsuits for patients suffering problems caused by metal on metal hip implants, including the DePuy ASR and DePuy Pinnacle systems .

If you believe you are a victim of defective metal on metal hip implant, contact our law firm for a free consultation.