Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Destroys Patient’s Pelvis

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Metal-on-metal hip replacements continue to be in the news as a new lawsuit gets filed against Biomet Orthopedics from a patient who suffered devastating injuries caused by his Biomet M2a metal-on-metal hip implant.

Patient Suffers Heavy Metal Poisoning

With no warnings from Biomet or obvious symptoms, Mickey Reed suffered devastating injuries as metallosis slowly ate away and killed the tissue, muscle and bone surrounding his M2a hip implant. The M2a destroyed the entire structure of his pelvis making it impossible for surgeons to replace it with another hip implant – there simply was nothing left to attach it to. Today, Reed can no longer walk or use his leg; he lives without a hip joint and is in constant pain and agony.

Biomet: Sales Before Safety

Reed’s complaint cites different medical studies warning that Biomet M2a metal-on-metal hip implants caused complications such as pseudotumors, metallosis, tissue death and higher than normal revision rates.

Biomet’s stance appears to be that of indifference, where profits come before a patient’s safety as they publish articles saying there were “no adverse physiological effects” to metal-on-metal hip implants. In 2010, when Johnson & Johnson issued a voluntary recall for an almost identical device that was causing higher than expected complications and revision surgeries, Biomet worked to capture their lost market by pushing to sell M2a implants.

  • At no point has Biomet warned US surgeons about problems with the M2a or Magnum implants.
  • At no point did Biomet tell US surgeons to test patients for elevated cobalt and chromium levels or to undergo MRI or CT scans to look for pseudotumors.

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Biomet Litigation

Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. is leading the litigation of these cases across the United States with a team of attorneys, including Nash & Franciskato. The first trial involving a Biomet metal-on-metal hip implant is scheduled for September 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

This case is Mickey Reed vs. Biomet, Inc., et al filed in Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, case number CGC-18-565909.

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