Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Injuries

Houston Hip Implant Injury Lawyers

Recent studies suggest that the failure rate for metal-on-metal hip implants is as high as 30%. That means thousands of patients will be negatively impacted by metal-on-metal hip implants. Each year in the U.S., approximately 250,000 patients undergo hip replacement surgery. Of that number, 32% receive metal-on-metal hip implants.

Manufacturers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

DePuy Orthopedics, Inc.—a Johnson & Johnson company, Stryker, and Wright Medical Technologies manufacturer several metal-on-metal hip implants, each causing significant injuries to patients.

Our firm, Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., has represented clients injured by metal-on-metal hip implants. We encourage you to contact our Houston personal injury lawyers if you have been hurt due to a medical device. We represent our clients against major companies including medical manufacturers.

DePuy / Johnson & Johnson manufactures the following metal-on-metal hip implants:

  • ASR XL Hip System
  • Pinnacle Hip System
  • Ultamet (metal liner)

Wright Medical Technologies manufactures the following metal-on-metal hip implants:

  • Conserve Total Hip System
  • Profemur Total Hip System

Stryker manufacturers the following metal-on-metal hip implants:

  • Rejuvenate Modular Hip Stem System*
  • ABG II Modular Hip Stem System*

*The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recalled the Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip Stem Systems.

Complications Caused by Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Scientific literature supports that the following complications are associated with metal-on-metal hip implants and can be caused by the shedding of metallic debris:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • High levels of chromium & cobalt
  • Problems walking
  • Loosening
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Metallosis
  • Need for revision surgery

Damages Persist After Removal of Implant

Despite a patient’s symptoms, the extent of the injury will not be known until after a revision. In fact, some orthopedic surgeons have been surprised at the level of metallosis their patients have suffered. There have been cases where the patient has been described as having psuedotumors and necrotic tissue.

In these cases, much more tissue will have to be removed. The extensive removal of tissues will cause many more problems in the future. Patients will suffer longer healing times, weakness in the hip and leg, frequent dislocations and additional surgery. In some cases, the new implant will fail. In all, it is a life-altering surgery that will result in changes in social, physical, and work related activities of the patient.

Even after a difficult revision surgery, patients may experience long-term health issues. Recent studies have shown that 24% of patients who had revision surgery experienced worsening symptoms. These symptoms resulted in one-third of those patients requiring additional surgery. Other studies have shown that elevated metal ion levels in the body will continue to expose patients to adverse toxic effects, including heart problems and nervous system issues. It is important for orthopedic surgeons to closely monitor their patients with metal-on-metal hip implants.

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured or required revision surgery for a defective hip implant, you need to speak with Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. as soon as possible. Our firm can advise you and answer your questions. Contact our lawyers at (866) 977-6671 for a free case evaluation over the phone or at our Houston office. We serve clients nationwide.