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Metal-On-Metal Hip News: Flawed Design Complications
Patients considering Metal-on-Metal (M-o-M) hip replacement implants are often told that M-o-M hip replacement implants cut down on time — on the time of recovery and the time it takes for you to get your life back.
Unfortunately, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
In fact, metal hip replacement implants may involve serious complications that cut that “extra time” theory into pieces. For instance, these implants have a documented history of loosening, becoming instable, spontaneously dislocating and causing individuals to lose mobility. These M-o-M hip implants have even been linked to tissue damage through calcification and even metal ion poisoning.
M-o-M hip replacement implants may cause metal particulates in the blood, metal poisoning (metallosis) and problems associated with metal in the blood including thyroid or kidney problems.
Typically, patients are told what kind of hip replacement implant they are receiving before surgery, as there are many different types of implants on the market. These varying types of implants include not only the potentially dangerous M-o-M hip replacements, but also implants that are made of plastic, ceramic or a combination of plastic and metal. And while patients may have been told what kind of implant they were receiving before surgery, we know how easy it is to forget the details post-surgery. That is why our hip replacement lawyers are available to help you at 1.866.472.9108 or via emailing here. Our lawyers are able to help you discover not only how a lawsuit could help you if you have been injured from a hip implant, but also what type of prosthetic hip you received and the issues related to your specific implant.
Hip replacement implants are manufactured and marketed by a number of pharmaceutical companies including Johnson & Johnson’s Depuy Orthopaedics, Wright Medical, Stryker, Biomet and Zimmer. While some M-o-M hip replacement implants have been recalled because of their alleged risks, some dangerous M-o-M hips could still be on the market.
What’s more, some patients who were implanted with M-o-M hips may not know that the problems they are experiencing are related to their hip implant, or that they face an increased risk of metal poisoning because of the implant.