Biomet has received reports of problems with a number of its hip replacement implants and systems, going as far back as 2001. Many of the resulting lawsuits have been settled, but some are still working their way through the courts. If you’ve suffered complications, or required revision surgery after receiving a Biomet hip replacement, contact McIntyre Law for a free consultation. We can give you the full range of options for recovering compensation for your injuries.
Biomet was a part of the 2001 hip recall initiated when an FDA investigation found that zirconia ceramic femoral heads manufactured by St. Gobain Desmarquest were breaking at a rate that was higher than expected. In 2007, Biomet issued a recall of its Tibial Bearing ARCOM UHMWPE sterile implant after finding evidence of improper laser etching for size.
In 2008, another hip replacement by Biomet was recalled. This recall was for Biomet’s Modular Microplasty Cup Inserter, an instrument for its hip prosthesis acetabular cup component.
Biomet’s most persistent problem is its M2a Magnum and M2a Acetabular systems. The M2a line of hip replacement systems has been the subject of hundreds of adverse event reports submitted to the FDA as well as a flood of lawsuits. However, no official recall has been issued for the M2a line at this time. The only official Biomet hip recalls involve zirconia ceramic femoral heads and the Tibial Bearing ARCOM UHMWPE.
The M2a line of hip replacements has a greater range of motion and uses metal-on-metal construction, which is designed to extend the life of the implant. The products’ assumed lifespan and strength improvements made them the choice for many younger patients in need of a total hip replacement. But the implants have experienced a high rate of failure and patients can experience pain, swelling and bone fracture.
In 2012, many of the existing lawsuits were consolidated into multidistrict litigation. By 2014, Biomet had agreed to settle existing cases for no less than $56 million. Patients who have experienced complications from a Biomet hip replacement who were not part of the multidistrict litigation can continue to pursue individual lawsuits.
The M2a system’s metal-on-metal construction is believed to be a source of many of the complications. As the two metal components grind against each other over time, small metal flakes can be absorbed into the bloodstream and other areas of the body. Biomet hip replacement failure symptoms can include:
Hip replacement components from the M2a line have not been officially recalled, but a recall does apply to Biomet zirconia ceramic femoral heads manufactured since January 1998. Contact your surgeon, or the hospital where you had surgery, to find out whether you received a Biomet M2a system or a hip with the zirconia ceramic femoral heads subject to this recall. It may take some time for this information to be located.
For privacy reasons, you may be asked to request this information in person.
If you’ve received a Biomet hip replacement of any kind and are experiencing complications or have had to undergo revision surgery, you are likely eligible for compensation. To learn more, contact the attorneys at McIntyre Law for a free consultation.
If your hip replacement is failing, but it wasn’t manufactured by Biomet, you may still be eligible for compensation. Please check the other information pages on our site to find out whether you are affected by a hip recall: