Metal on Metal Hip Implants. What To Be On The Lookout For.

You have likely seen commercials on the TV for metal on metal hip cases.  This is due to the fact that replacements have been linked with serious side effects, including a significantly higher rate of failure compared to other hip implants.  The most troubling is the possibility of that the metal on metal hip implant may leak toxic chemicals into the body, increasing a person’s risk of metal poisoning and hip implant failure.

How do I know if I have a metal on metal hip system?

Doctors will usually tell you about the type of implant you are receiving prior to the surgery. If you are uncertain about which type you have, you should contact the orthopaedic surgeon who performed your procedure or obtain a copy of your medical records from the hospital where your implant was done.

What symptoms might a metal on metal hip implant cause?

There are several different types of symptoms, however, some of the most common are hip/groin pain, local swelling, numbness or changes in your ability to walk.  Metal on metal hip implants, like other hip implants, are known to have issues with infection and joint dislocation. There are cases where the metal particles have caused a reaction around the joint, leading to deterioration of the tissue around the joint, loosening of the implant, and failure of the device.  In addition, some metal ions from the implant may enter into the bloodstream. There have been several cases where clients with metal on metal hip implants develop a reaction to these ions and experience medical problems that might have been related to their implants.

What should I do if I am experiencing problems with my metal on metal hip implant?

If you are experiencing hip/groin pain, difficulty walking or a worsening of your previous symptoms, you should make an appointment to see your orthopaedic surgeon for further evaluation of your implant.

If you experience any new symptoms or medical conditions in your body other than at your hip, you should report these to your primary physician and remind them that you have a metal-on-metal hip implant system during their evaluation.

What should I do if I am not experiencing issues with my metal on metal hip implant but I am concerned about the recall?

You should continue to follow-up with your orthopaedic surgeon for periodic examinations & contact our office to discuss possible options regarding any recall.

What should I discuss with my other healthcare providers including my primary care or family doctor?

There are several reports of clients with metal on metal hip implants that experienced medical problems in areas of the body away from their hip implant. This may have resulted from the metal ions released by the metal on metal hip implant.

When would a hip revision surgery be needed?

There are multiple reasons why a surgeon may recommend a device revision such as: infection, dislocation, device fracture, or if you develop evidence of local or systemic reactions to the metal from your hip implant.

What does it mean when I see that a hip implant system has been “recalled?”

A hip system may be recalled by the manufacturer for a number of reasons. If your device is recalled, this does not necessarily mean that the device needs to be removed and replaced.  It is important to discuss the reason for the recall with your surgeon to determine the most appropriate course of action. If you are unsure if your hip implant was recalled, consult with your orthopaedic surgeon or call us to discuss your implant.  If you are unsure as to the type of implant you have either your surgeon or the hospital should have a record of the brand & model of implant you had.

What Metal On Metal Hip Implant Makers Are Under Recall?

  • DePuy ASR
  • DePuy Pinnacle
  • Wright Conserve
  • Stryker
  • Zimmer Durom Cup
  • Biomet M2A

If you or a loved one has had a metal on metal hip replacement and is experiencing sickness or any difficulty with the implant contact us today, we can help. Our experienced pharmaceutical law team will review your case and help you through this difficult and stressful process. Call us at 704-333-0885 for an immediate case review, deadlines are critical in some of these situations, so it’s best to get your free case evaluation to ensure that you can get the maximum amount of benefits you’re entitled to.

Written by: Corene Justice, Pharmaceutical & Personal Injury Case Manager, Campbell & Associates, Attorneys at Law