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While all artificial hip replacement devices carry risks including wear of the component material, metal-on-metal hip replacement devices have unique risks in addition to the general risks associated with a hip replacement device.
Hip replacements ease pain and increase mobility for thousands of people each year. While these operations are successful for many; not everyone ends up with a good outcome. One unexpected complication linked to metal-on-metal implants is metallosis, a type of metal poisoning which can cause serious problems.
May 3, 2018. Three more lawsuits have been filed against Biomet Orthopedics on behalf of patients who had to undergo traumatic hip revision surgery due to defective Biomet Magnum hip implants.
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.
Hip replacement surgery is among the most common orthopedic procedures in the United States. Most devices are designed to last 20 years. But what happens when a hip replacement fails?
In 2007, Elizabeth Sones had surgery on her hip and received an implant with Biomet M2a Magnum components. Thereafter, she experienced pain and difficulties and it was determined that she had a condition consistent with a pseudotumor. The biomet magnum was revised as a result of failure of the device, leaving her with a long and painful rehabilitation and emotional trauma.
William Eklund, an employee of Boeing Inc., underwent hip replacement surgery in 2006. At some point following surgery. he began experiencing extreme hip pain and a persistent squeaking of the hip. He then found out that the M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip system from Biomet was failing and eventually underwent revision surgery in 2014 to remove and replace the device.
This lawsuit is different because it marks the first time a large international corporation has sued Zimmer Biomet on behalf of an employee.
In a March 31, 2017 ruling, Zimmer was ordered to pay more than $2 million to a New Mexico man for a defective hip implant with an “unreasonably dangerous design.”
Yesterday, a federal jury in Dallas, TX, awarded a record $1 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to six plaintiffs injured by the company’s Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants.
More and more people turn to hip replacement surgeries to give them back their mobility and to relieve the pain caused by diseases such as osteoarthritis.