Metal-on-metal hip replacement systems can release metal into the body through normal wear and tear, according to a January 2013 statement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The effect will depend on a patient’s individual level of sensitivity, so it could be different for everyone. If you’ve experienced complications after receiving a metal-on-metal hip replacement, contact McIntyre Law for a free consultation. We’ll be happy to guide you through the process and help determine what options are available.
The goals of any hip replacement surgery are to reduce pain and improve mobility. Hip replacement systems that use metal-on-metal construction were designed to do those things, but also to last longer than those that use plastic or ceramic parts. This made them popular among orthopedic surgeons who perform hip replacements on increasingly younger and more active patients. However, the mechanism of the hip’s ball and socket joint causes friction and wear because the metal parts rub against each other when the patient moves.
Any patient who has received this type of implant should be monitored for complications and signs that the device is failing.
To date, there is no recall of all metal-on-metal hip replacements, but many MoM replacement systems have been recalled individually. Even if your your device has been recalled, it doesn’t mean it will need to be removed and replaced. In many cases, a recall will trigger additional or more frequent monitoring for symptoms.
Hip replacement implants that have been recalled due to issues with metal-on-metal construction include:
Metal debris from wear and tear can settle in the soft tissue around the joint and also seep into the patient’s bloodstream. If this happens, it can cause the following symptoms:
If you have a metal-on-metal hip replacement and are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your surgeon for a follow-up visit. He or she might want to conduct blood tests to check for metal ions in the bloodstream. You should also be monitored for conditions or changes related to your general health. Be sure to let your primary medical provider and any other doctor you see know that you have a MoM hip replacement.
Contact your surgeon, or the hospital where you had surgery, to find out what type of hip replacement you received and be sure to ask them if it uses metal-on-metal construction. 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 hip replacement that uses metal-on-metal construction, you should be aware of the potential side-effects and contact your doctor or surgeon if you experience any symptoms. If you are currently experiencing adverse effects from your metal-on-metal hip replacement you are likely eligible for compensation. To learn more, contact the attorneys at McIntyre Law for a free consultation.
There are a number of plastic and ceramic hip replacement systems that have been recalled or targeted for further investigation. If you’ve received one of these hips, you could still receive compensation. Please check the other information pages on our site to find out whether you are affected by a hip recall: