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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Cases: Hip Implant Claims and Cases Are Soaring as Patients Suffer from Implant Failures

Campbell & Associates is currently accepting metal-on-metal hip implants lawsuits.  If you or somebody you know had a metal-on-metal hip replacement and subsequently suffered a serious side effect, you should contact our firm immediately for a free case consultation.  An estimated 500,000 Americans have metal-on-metal hip implants, but many have no idea that they could be at risk of a severe side effect.

You may or may not know who the manufacturer of your hip implant is, but if you have had a hip implant in the last five years you may have been given a metal on metal hip implant. These implants are failing at abnormally early rates, requiring additional surgeries and other health complications. If you believe you or a loved one has had a metal on metal hip implant, and has suffered from that implant either causing pain or falling, joint dislocation, tissue inflammation, tissue necrosis, or metal poisoning, then you should call us now at 1-866-4IM-HURT.

STRYKER HIP IMPLANTS

Some of the hip implant manufacturers who have had lawsuits filed against them include STRYKER. Stryker recalled two hip implant models (Rejuvenate Modular and ABG 11 Modular-Neck Stem) in July, 2012. Approximately 20,000 of these recalled hip implants were surgically installed in patients between 2007 and 2012. Interestingly, Stryker recalled a previous model called the Trident hip replacement system in 2008.

ZIMMER DUROM CUP HIP IMPLANTS

Another hip implant to be concerned about is the ZIMMER DUROM CUP HIP REPLACEMENT system. The most serious of these hip replacement implant cases include patient claims of pain, subsequent surgery, rehabilitation, and metallosis. Approximately 12,000 ZIMMER implants were sold between 2006 and December 2010.

WRIGHT MEDICAL HIP IMPLANTS

Also patients with WRIGHT MEDICAL HIP REPLACEMENT systems should seek counsel if they are suffering complications. The most serious cases involving these implants are identical to the other metal-on-metal implant systems. The implants are manufactured by Wright Medical Technology, Inc. and involve 4 different implants – Conserve, Dynasty, Profemur, and Lineage.

All in all an estimated 500,000 patients in the United States have received a type of artificial hip that is failing early in many cases, the FDA has proposed rules that could stop manufacturers from selling such implants. Under the proposal, makers of artificial hips with all-metal components would have to prove the devices were safe and effective before they may continue selling existing ones or obtain approval for new all-metal designs.

Just a few years ago, all-metal hips — implants in which the ball and cup component is made from a metallic alloy — were used in one of every three joint replacement procedures performed annually in the United States. Due to a gap in the regulations, some all-metal hip device makers were able to sell them without running any clinical tests.  More traditional hip replacements, which are made of materials like plastic and metal, typically last 15 years before wearing out. But the all-metal hips, which were sold as longer lasting, are failing at high rates not long after implantation. As a result, thousands of patients have been forced to undergo painful and costly operations to replace the devices. In addition, tiny particles of metallic debris released as the artificial joints move have caused severe tissue and bone damage in hundreds of patients, leaving some of them disabled.  Consequently, today the use of all-metal implants has plummeted, with the devices now accounting for less than 5 percent of hip implants.