Zimmer M/L Taper and Zimmer M/L Taper with Kinectiv Technology
Every year, approximately 500,000 people undergo hip replacement surgery. While these hip replacement devices are supposed to last for decades, unfortunately, defectively designed components with problematic metal-on-metal articulation can result in metallosis requiring early removal (revision) surgery. Defective hip implants that do not work correctly can cause dangerous side effects to patients. These harmful side effects have led to implant device recalls from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Minnesota Hip Replacement Attorneys at GoldenbergLaw are currently investigating cases where an individual requires a revision surgery after a hip replacement. Contact us today for a free defective hip replacement lawsuit consolation. We have successfully resolved hundreds of defective hip replacement cases and have the expertise to guide you through the complicated legal process.Call 612-230-0886 >
Case Quick Facts
Zimmer M/L Taper and the Zimmer M/L Taper with Kinectiv Technology hip implants are designed to “precisely match a wide range of male and female anatomies without compromise” through several components. The neck piece and femoral stem are inserted into the patient’s femur bone. The neck piece is then connected to an artificial head, which is usually the Zimmer VerSys head. However, the connection point between these pieces can cause complications since the parts are made of metal.
Studies have connected the Zimmer M/L Taper and Zimmer M/L Taper with Kinectiv Technology hip devices to causing dangerous metal poisoning and other severe complications. The potential for metal-on-metal wear causing complications has been known since the 1990s; however, manufacturers including Zimmer have continued to produce the product and claim that the products are safe.
The titanium metal alloy of the Zimmer hip taper portion of the implant and the cobalt-chromium metal alloy of the VerSys head portion of the implant moving against each other can result in corrosion and the leaching of the metal particles into the surrounding tissues. This can lead to medical complications, such as:
- Metallosis (metal blood poisoning)
- Aseptic lymphocyte-dominated Vasculitis-associated Lesions (adverse local tissue reactions)
- Trunnionosis (wear and tear of the femoral head/neck interface components of the implant)
- Loss of bone tissue (osteolysis)
- Localized hip-area pseudotumors (false tumors that are created by fleshy growths of tissue that surround the implant)
- Other corrosion-related complications requiring revision surgery
Regarding revision surgeries, in 2013, the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Registry determined that Zimmer M/L Taper with Kinectiv Technology devices resulted in revision rates that were more than twice the revision rates of conventional hips.
Metal particles are released into the bloodstream as metal-on-metal friction (the pieces of the implant grinding together) occurs, which causes metal poisoning known as metallosis. As the metal particles spread throughout the body, they can cause serious complications including bone degeneration and damage to the nervous system. Patients are at an increased risk of metallosis the longer the implant has been in use.
The breakdown of bone tissues due to metallosis increases the patient’s risk of fractures. These fractures can result in the device becoming dislocated. This dislocation can make the implantation of a replacement device during a revision surgery more difficult. The risk of fracture is even higher for post-menopausal women. The fractures can affect a patient’s mobility for the rest of their lives.
Metallosis can cause:
- Elevated temperatures
- Gray discoloration around hip implant area
- Damage to central nervous system
The Metal on Metal Hip Replacement Attorneys at GoldenbergLaw have been holding negligent device manufacturers accountable for over 30 years. We have recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Contact us today for a free hip replacement lawsuit evaluation. Leave the sleepless nights to us.Call 612-230-0886 >
If you or a loved one has developed a medical complication such as metallosis after a hip replacement using a Zimmer M/L Taper device, contact GoldenbergLaw today for a free consultation. We have over thirty years of experience in defective medical device litigation and have successfully resolved thousands of cases. Let us give you the Gold standard of advocacy that you deserve.
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