Metal Hip Implants
As more and more people enter their golden years, there has been a rise in the number of hip replacement surgeries. A common type of surgery is where the ball and socket of the hip are replaced with a metal prosthesis.
Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants
January 13, 2013 FDA Safety Communication and Proposed Order
On January 17, 2013, the FDA released a safety communication stating “metal-on-metal hip implants have unique risks in addition to the general risks of all hip implants.” The FDA reported that the source of the problem is metal particles that have worn off of the device and released, which can damage soft tissue and/or bone surrounding the implant. In conclusion, this can lead to implant loosening, pain, device failure, and even the release of metal ions into the bloodstream potentially causing systemic reactions.
Additionally, the FDA released its proposed order changing the approval process for metal-on-metal hip implants. The FDA now requires manufacturers of these implants to go through a complete pre-market approval process, which includes the submission of safety data.
Metal-On-Metal Hip Complications
In the time since the metal-on-metal hip replacement devices hit the market, many people have reported a wide variety of complications, including:
- Joint pain
- Fragments of the hip replacement breaking off and embedding in the surrounding tissue
- The socket becoming loose from the pelvis
- Weakening of the bone
- The artificial hip breaking
- Fluid collection around device
- Tumor-like growths surrounding the artificial joint
- Weakening of the bones surrounding the artificial hip
These devices brought to market by a variety of medical device manufacturers, include:
- Johnson & Johnson
- Wright Medical Technology
Contact The Metal-On-Metal Hip Implant Law Firm Of Perdue & Kidd
When you or a loved one has sustained injuries by a metal-on-metal hip implant, you need to take action to secure the compensation you need. The lawyers of Perdue & Kidd are skilled and capable of ensuring that these companies respect your rights. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 713-520-2500 or toll free at 800-520-1749, or contact us online. In addition, Follow us on Facebook and stay up-to-date with every thing at the firm.
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