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What are metal-on-metal (MoM) hip devices?
A metal-on-metal hip consists of three components: a ball, a stem, and a shell. There are two types of MoM hips: total hip replacement systems and resurfacing hip systems (also known as acetabular systems). In both systems, a metal head connects to a metal socket to create the artificial hip. In a total hip replacement system, the entire hip joint is reconstructed using metal components. In resurfacing hip systems, the hip socket and head of the femur bone are simply “resurfaced” or replaced with an acetabular metal component.
What are the risks?
Metal-on-metal hip devices carry their own unique risks in addition to the initial risks associated with artificial hip implants. Due to the manner in which MoM hip devices function, the constant friction between parts can cause device components to loosen. When this happens, metallic ions are released at a high level into the patient’s bloodstream potentially causing harmful reactions within the patient’s body.
Who makes these devices?
Metal-on-metal (MoM) hip devices are manufactured by DePuy, Zimmer, Stryker, Biomet, and Wright Medical, among others.
GoldenbergLaw, PLLC is currently investigating and pursuing the following defective metal on metal (MoM) hip device cases:
- Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Heads
- DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System
- Stryker Rejuvenate and AGB II
- DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular System
- DePuy ASR
- Zimmer Durom Cup
- Biomet Magnum/M2a
- Wright Medical Hips
What types of injuries can metal-on-metal hip devices cause?
When metallic ions are released into the bloodstream the metal particles have the potential to damage the bone and/or soft tissue surrounding the implant and joint. The damage can lead to severe pain, disability, device loosening/failure, and the need for revision surgery. In some cases, patients may develop a form of metal poisoning known as metallosis.
Help from our Twin Cities attorneys
GoldenbergLaw, PLLC believes that these hip systems are flawed and can lead to severe, debilitating consequences for hip implant patients. If you believe that you or a loved one has received a metal hip device performing below industry standards, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact us as soon as possible if you wish to have your claim evaluated by filling out our online contact form, or call our office toll free at 1-855-333-4662 for a complementary consultation.
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