SERIOUS HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH METAL-ON-METAL HIP REPLACEMENTS
An estimated half a million Americans have metal-on-metal hip replacements, however, many are unaware they could be at risk for serious and dangerous side effects.
FDA WARNING ON COMPLICATIONS OF METAL-ON-METAL HIP REPLACEMENTS
In a January 2013 communication titled, “Concerns about Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants,” the FDA warned about serious complications that may arise outside the hip due to metal-on-metal hip implants. According to the FDA warning, adverse reactions have resulted from excessive levels of metals (particularly cobalt) circulating in the bloodstream. These reactions can include:
- General hypersensitivity reaction (skin rash)
- Neurological changes including sensory changes (auditory or visual impairments)
- Psychological status change (i.e., depression or cognitive impairment)
- Renal function impairment
- Thyroid dysfunction (including neck discomfort, fatigue, weight gain or feeling cold)
EXPERTS RECOMMEND BAN ON METAL-ON-METAL HIP REPLACEMENTS
A 2012 British study of different types of hip replacements found metal-on-metal hip replacements were almost three times as likely to fail than ceramic-on-ceramic designs and nearly six times as likely to fail as metal-on-plastic designs.
On the other hand, metal-on-metal hip replacements provided no additional benefit in exchange for the higher risk of failure. Therefore, the researchers have recommended medical authorities ban this dangerous design.
METAL-ON-METAL HIP REPLACEMENT LAWSUITS
In the past year, many plaintiffs have filed lawsuits seeking justice for the decline in quality of life they have suffered as a result of the failures and dangerous side effects of these devices. Recently, on March 11, 2013, a Los Angeles state court jury awarded one plaintiff $8.3 million dollars for pain and suffering and expenses. DePuy, the defendant company in that case, currently faces nearly 11,000 more lawsuits associated with its product.
Some other popular metal-on-metal hip replacement manufacturers include Stryker Orthopaedics, Wright, Biomet, Smith & Nephew and many more.