Metal Hip Implants

Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina

There has been heightened concern about metal-on-metal hip implants in the United States. Australia, England and Wales keep a registry of metal hip implant recipients to track the long-term results of such implants. The British registry has found that almost one-third of Johnson & Johnson's metal hip implants have failed, and that metal-on-metal hip implants generally have a higher failure rate than hip implants made out of other materials.

Despite these findings, and concern throughout the orthopaedic medical community, metal-on-metal hip implants are still being used. These implants carry the risk of tissue damage, bone damage, metallosis, and the need for revision surgery.

Warnings About Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) also issued a warning about the risks of metal-on-metal hip replacements in a press release. The AAOS specifically warned patients and the medical community about metal toxicity, the earlier than average failure rate for the hip replacements, and the risk of a revision surgery.

Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received an increasing amount of complaints about metal hip implants that are failing a short time after hip replacement surgery. Traditional hip replacements are expected to last for 15 years or more, but some metal-on-metal hip replacements - including the recalled DePuy hip implants - require surgical replacement within only 5 to 6 years.

There are three general types of hip replacement surgeries:

  1. Partial hip replacement
  2. Total hip replacement
  3. A hip resurfacing procedure

If you had one of these procedures and a metal-on-metal hip implant was used, your implant may have been recalled, and you may be entitled to compensation. Contact your orthopaedic surgeon to determine the exact type of hip implant that was used in your surgery. 

Recently Recalled “Metal-on-Metal” Hip Implants

Stryker Orthopaedics recalled two hip implant products on July 6, 2012:

  • Rejuvenate hip stem
  • ABG II modular-neck hip stem

The defective Stryker hip implants can cause symptoms so severe that patients with these implants may need to have them surgically removed. Hip implant revision surgery can be costly and dangerous. If you have been implanted with a recalled Stryker hip implant component, contact our Greenville hip implant recall attorneys today to discuss your legal options. 

DePuy also issued a worldwide recall for two hip replacement components:

  • ASR XL Acetabular System
  • ASR Hip Resurfacing System

These products are defectively designed and may cause early failure, a build up of metal debris in your body, and/or other DePuy hip implant symptoms

If you are suffering medical problems after your metal-on-metal hip implant surgery, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. today to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Greenville hip implant recall attorney. We represent injured victims of defective medical devices throughout Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina.