Metal-on-Metal Hip and Knee Implant Pain and Failure
Individuals suffering from the pain, trauma and expense of flawed metal-on-metal hip implants may be entitled to legal compensation. The failure of several metal-on-metal joint implants produced by manufactures including DePuy, Zimmer, Stryker and others have resulted in complaints ranging from severe pain to further injury and the need for additional surgery.
Two metal-on-metal hip implants manufactured by DePuy have been linked with hip pain and other complications: DePuy ASR Hip Implants and DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implants. In response to the large number of reports concerning implant failure, DePut ASR Hip Implants have removed from the US market and are no longer used by the medical community. The failure of these implants, often within only a few years of surgery, has resulted in many patients requiring painful, expensive replacement operations. The DePuy Pinnace hip replacements are also associated with similar early failures due to flaws like those found in the DePuy ASR hips, resulting in another wave of personal injury lawsuits targeting the manufacturer.
Medical device manufacturer Stryker has also recalled a pair of its hip replacement devices: the Trident Acetabular PSL Cup and Trident Hemispherical Cup. In early 2005, complaints began surfacing from patients equipped with these implants due to uneven wear and faulty fittings resulting in pain and bone fracturing. By the beginning of 2008, Stryker had voluntarily pulled these products from market following warnings issued from the FDA to the manufacturer concerning these issues.
Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Replacements are another example of metal-on-metal hip implants that have been pulled from market following complaints of a higher need for revision surgery and device failure. The Durom Cup was specifically designed for young, healthy patients who were expected to outlive the product life of most hip replacement products. From the implants introduction to market in 2006 until sales were suspended due to complaints of complications, this device was implanted in some 12,000 patients. Reports of post-implant problems involving revision or replacement surgery have been reported to occur in as much as 5.7% of implant procedures using this product.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to complications caused by the failure of these or other flawed metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, contact the personal injury attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today to request a free evaluation of your case. Call now at 1(800)753-5304 for your free case consultation.
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