HIPS / Metal on Metal / Recalled Hips
The Pelham Law Firm Represents Those Harmed by Defective Medical Devices
Several types of hip implants have been recalled or labeled as dangerous because of multiple reports of failure and associated injuries. Metal on metal hip implants have been identified as particularly hazardous — these implants fail, cause pain and sometimes permanent damage to users, and release toxic metallic particles into the body. The Pelham Law Firm is representing people who have been harmed by the use of a metal on metal hip implant, and may have required surgery to address their issues.
Which Implants Are Dangerous?
“Metal on metal”-type hip implants have been identified as unsafe. The metals that are used to make the implants can wear down, contributing to injury and the build-up of metal particles inside the body. The risks associated with metal on metal implants can be present in devices with plastic components and other materials as well.
Several different brands of metal on metal hip implants have been recalled for injury risks, including Depuy ASR, Stryker Rejuvenate, and Stryker ABG II implants. It is possible that any type of metal on metal implants could be dangerous, even if the brand has not been recalled.
Symptoms and Associated Risks
People who have metal on metal hip implants may experience issues such as pain and swelling caused by damage to nearby bone and tissue. Patients with a failing implant may require hip implant revision surgery or a full hip replacement. Even if an issue caused by a metal on metal hip implant is addressed via repair or replacement surgery, the damage to the body can be permanent. The damage caused by a metal on metal hip implant can reduce the effectiveness of later-installed implants and contribute to long-term complications.
What is Metallosis?
Metallosis is one of the most significant risks associated with the installation of a metal on metal hip implant. The metal pieces of these implants may release small metal particles when rubbing together. As metallic particles are released, they build up within the body to levels that can be toxic for patients. A person who is suffering from metallosis associated with a metal on metal hip implant may test positive for high levels of cobalt and chromium.
The symptoms of metallosis include:
- Bone deterioration
- Implant dislocation
What to Do if You Have a Metal on Metal Hip Implant
If you have a metal on metal hip implant, contact your doctor as soon as possible to discuss your risks and possible courses of action. Patients who are experiencing the symptoms of metallosis or other adverse effects may require surgery to revise or replace their implant. Patients who are not currently experiencing symptoms should still visit their doctor to detect any potential health issues caused by their metal on metal hip implant. Your doctor can administer metal toxicity tests and discuss the benefits and risks of a possible proactive revision surgery.
As a person with a metal on metal hip implant, you may have a legal claim against the implant manufacturers.
Contact The Pelham Law Firm to learn how our legal team can help you recover compensation for your damages.
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The Pelham Law Firm is accepting injury claims from people who have metal on metal hip implants. Contact us if you underwent hip revision surgery to address issues with a Depuy ASR, Stryker V40, M/L Taper, Stryker Rejuvenate, or Stryker ABG II implant. We are able to represent Stryker ABG II patients who did not require hip revision surgery as well.
Schedule a free case evaluation today if your hip implant type was recalled, failed and required revision surgery, caused metallosis, or tested positive for cobalt toxicity. Our team is dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve.
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