The metal-on-metal hip replacement, a newer form of artificial hip, was at one time very popular because the long-lasting devices were thought to decrease the likelihood that a patient would require repeat surgery. Some of the most common metal-on-metal hip devices include implants manufactured by companies such as DePuy, Zimmer, Stryker, Biomet and Wright Medical.
Recently, these types of metal-on-metal hip implants have been linked to the release of toxic levels of cobalt and chromium as the device wears over time. As a result, patients with metal-on-metal artificial hip implants have suffered tissue damage, failure of the device, the need for additional surgeries and other dangerous, lingering health problems.
To investigate these reports and protect consumers from potentially lethal side effects from metallic poisoning, the FDA has ordered all makers of metal-on-metal hip replacements to conduct post-marketing studies to determine if any of their implanted devices were shedding dangerous amounts of cobalt and chromium in patients. One metal-on-metal hip implant, DePuy Orthopaedic’s ASR device, has already been recalled. Others may follow.
If you or a loved one has had a metal-on-metal hip replacement system, contact us today. We can help determine whether you qualify for a legal case against one of the makers of these potentially defective devices.