Metal Hip ImplantMetal on Metal Hip Implants Aren’t As Strong As You Think

A hip implant is the next course of action when more conservative methods such as physical therapy could not help any longer.  There are multiple types of hip implants, some containing ceramics, some containing metals and plastics and some containing all metal. The all metal devices have been subject to thousands of personal injury lawsuits due to their extremely high failure rate.

There are two main types of hip implant options; a total hip replacement and a hip resurfacing. Both of these options require a ball and socket type of device which the ball is contained in the socket which allows for a wide range of movement. In both of these implant options, both the ball and socket are made from a metal material. At their peak in the early-mid 2000’s it was documented that 1 in every 3 hip replacements that were done had been from all metal parts.

Historically, medical professionals used metal on metal hip implants because of the strength of the metal and the length that they were projected to last, unfortunately it was uncovered that developers of these products saw flaws in their longevity and expected them to only last 5 years. As time went on, more issues arose in patients that have had metal on metal hip implants causing additional surgeries which resulted in unnecessary medical expenses and risk. It was not until 2012 that an advisory panel of orthopedic doctors submitted concerns and medical findings to the FDA which resulted in a mass tort lawsuit and a wide-spread re-education of the dangers that come with metal on metal hip implants. It’s estimated that 500,000 Americans have received a metal on metal hip implant that is failing in it’s early stages.

There are many dangers to those who have a metal on metal hip implant, often times leaving the patient with severe and permanent injuries which can be life altering. Some of the most common issues we have seen so far are below.

Dangers From Metal on Metal Hip Implants

  • Replacement Surgery
  • Metal Poisoning
  • Failure Leading To Additional Fall Injuries
  • Extreme Pain
  • Unnecessary Rehabilitation
  • Joint Dislocation
  • Tissue Necrosis

Do you have a personal injury claim against the manufacturer of your metal on metal hip implant? Here are the manufacturers that we are currently handling representation for clients that have suffered a pre-mature failure of their artificial hip implant.

Metal on Metal Hip Implant Manufacturers Subject To Multi-District Litigation (MDL)

  • Stryker 
    • One of the most prominent manufacturers of metal on metal hip implants is Stryker. Stryker has already recalled two of their metal on metal 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.
  • DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. 
    • DePuy is another mass manufacture of metal on metal hip implants in the United States and is a sub-company of the household name Johnson & Johnson.  The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System were metal on metal hip implants sold in the U.S. from 2005 to 2010 before being recalled. DePuy sold almost 40,000 of these implants to U.S. patients.
    • One internal company document indicates that nearly 36% of the devices were expected to fail within 5 years.
    • Settlements of some of the ASR lawsuits is currently underway.
    • DePuy had an additional metal on metal hip implant dubbed the Pinnacle System which was sold in the U.S. from 2000 to August of 2013 before it was taken off of the market by DePuy. More than 1,000,000 patients received this type of implant.
  • Zimmer
    • A smaller manufacture of metal on metal hip implants to be concerned about comes from manufacturer Zimmer and is the Durom Cup Hip Replacement System. Approximately 12,000 Zimmer implants were sold between 2006 and December 2010.
  • Wright Medical Technology
    • Wright Medical Technology has developed four models of metal on metal hip implants that are subject to legal action, these are Conserve, Dynasty, Profemur, and Lineage.
  • Biomet
    • Biomet has manufactured many types of metal on metal hip replacements over the years, going back to the mid 1990’s.
    • Some of the models that have been introduced to the MDL due to a high failure rate are the following: M2a-Magnum introduced in 2004; M2a-Ringloc introduced in 1996; M2a – Taper (28mm and 32mm) introduced in 2000; M2a-30 introduced in 2001; M2a-Magnum Tri-Spike introduced in 2006.
    • Biomet’s U.S. hip implant sales in 2010 have been reported at 312.9 million dollars accounting for 12% of U.S. implants for that year.

So What’s Being Done?

It’s been heavily documented that over the past decade or so that most of these manufacturers received a fast track design approval from the government to manufacture and distribute metal on metal hip implants to medical facilities across the U.S. without traditional testing being done due to a gap in the regulations. At the time, no one  had thought that there would be so many complications that arose from metal on metal hip implants and unfortunately hundreds of thousands of Americans are having to deal with these decisions.

Currently the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) 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 show clearly that the devices were safe and effective before they could continue selling existing devices or obtain approval in the future for new all-metal designs. It’s projected that the use of all metal implants has drastically declined to just 5% of all surgeries.

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 seven years you may have been given a metal on metal hip implant and you should act now to make sure that you don’t become a statistic. Campbell & Associates is currently accepting metal-on-metal hip implants clients.  If you or somebody you know had a metal-on-metal hip replacement and has suffered a serious side effect, you contact our personal injury firm immediately for a free case consultation.  We are here to help you today, call 704-333-0885 to schedule an appointment in one of our convenient office locations in Charlotte, Gastonia, Hickory and Rock Hill, SC.