Hip Implants Failing at an Alarming Rate
Metal on hip replacements were introduced with the hope that they would be not only more effective but also more durable than other implants.
However, it has been discovered that metal debris, usually cobalt or chromium, can be released into the wearer’s body as the implant’s ball and socket pieces rub against each other. This often leads to reactions such as inflammation, bone loss, groin pain, and tissue necrosis. In such a situation, the patient has no other recourse but to undergo revision surgery to replace the implant.
Which Manufacturers Gave Recalled Their Implants?
Biomet’s hip implants can cause many complications. Biomet hip devices (M2a Magnum, Stanmore and Exceed ABT) are known to cause metal poisoning and can be fail in the following ways:
- Fracturing – the cup inserter, implant heads, and the femur torque handles can fracture.
- Labeling issues – the device head and shell as well as components including bone screws are labeled incorrectly.
DePuy’s major hip recalls were for the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular System. The reasons for the recalls include:
- Early failure – the broach handle used during surgery failed early.
- Design flaws – the femoral stem may cause impingement, stopping the stem from locking.
- Packaging issues – surgical tools may not be properly sealed during shipping.
- Manufacturing issues – the liner wasn’t machined to proper size.
- Migration issues – screws used in repairing femoral structures may migrate.
Stryker has had major hip implant recalls including the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems. The devices have been recalled for:
- Cracking – the hip stem coating may crack.
- Fracturing – the broach and rasp handle used to size the femur may fracture during surgery.
- Manufacturing issues – the acetabular shells are believed to be too thick. Some shells actually have different thicknesses.
- Packaging issues – the packaging of the implant components have a visual defect that could compromise sterility during shipping.
Other manufacturers that have recalled their devices include; Zimmer, which has recalled 104 devices/tools, 102 of which were Class two recalls; and Wright, which has recalled 28 devices, 27 of which were Class II recalls.
What to Do When Your Device Is Recalled
Today, DePuy faces close to 12,000 lawsuits from patients who received ASR implants and at least another 3,000 from those who received Pinnacle hip replacements. They will pay about $2.5 billion towards 7,500 ASR claims. That’s about $334,000 per claim.
The most important thing to do as soon as you discover that your hip device has been recalled is to call an attorney. Filing a hip implant recall lawsuit may provide some compensation for injuries sustained. You can use such compensation to pay your medical bills, offset your pain and suffering, and to counterbalance lost wages and funeral costs.
If you have discovered that your hip replacement device has been recalled, contact Nolan Caddell Reynolds Law firm to see if you should file a lawsuit at 1-866-242-0452. If you qualify, we will swiftly file a hip implant recall lawsuit to ensure that your case is considered.