Metal Hip Failure and Metallosis. Many metal on metal hip replacement systems and metal hip components that were implanted have been linked to high premature failure rates and other severe complications.
Metal Hip Failure and Metallosis
Thousands of metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuits have been filed over the past ten years, with similar allegations that the manufacturers failed to research the design or warn about a large number of metal hip implants that were failing within a few years and requiring risky revision surgery.
These metal on metal hip designs were touted to last over 20 years and provide greater mobility and patient functionality. Sadly, many patients have been crippled by these metal hip implants and had to undergo painful and risky replacement surgery.
Smith and Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System Failure
The Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System (BHR) was designed in England and was one of the first metal-on-metal hip replacement systems released in the United States. When combined with the R3 liner, it is considered a “metal-on-metal” hip implant. The BHR and R3 hip systems, are linked to metallosis in which toxic metal debris is released into the body, and bloodstream, leading to loosening and premature failure of the artificial hip.
In June 2014, Smith & Nephew recalled smaller size BHR components and noted that there were early failure problems with the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing system.
Smith & Nephew warned that it had found that “revision rates associated with men requiring femoral head size 46mm or smaller and with all women patients exceed the current benchmark established by the U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).”
There are over 500 product liability lawsuits filed against Smith & Nephew over Birmingham Hip Resurfacing early failure and metallosis problems in federal district court in Maryland. According to the plaintiffs, the BHR metal-on-metal hip resurfacing and replacement designs are defective and with an increased risk of early failure requiring painful revision surgery to have the implant removed and replaced.
Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head System Failure
The Stryker LFIT Cobalt Chromium V40 femoral head is a metal part that is used in many hip replacement systems. In 2016, Stryker issued a warning that the devices manufactured before 2011 have high failure rates causing pain, local tissue reactions, sudden dislocation, broken bones, and the need for urgent revision surgery.
Stryker also warned about the increased risk of taper lock failures, where the femoral head connects to the femoral neck, leading to Stryker LFIT v40 recalls. The recalled Stryker LFit CoCr v40 femoral head lawsuits are currently being settled.
Stryker Howmedica Osteonics Corp. is exposed to over 500 Stryker LFit v40 hip lawsuits in the federal court in Massachusetts. The plaintiffs allege that the chromium-cobalt femoral head was defectively designed, and cause the hip replacements to fail prematurely.
Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Failure
Stryker Rejuvenate system was a popular brand of metal on a metal hip system. Stryker warned that the modular hip replacement system had a risk of early failure and metallosis leading to a recall in 2012. The Stryker Rejuvenate system usually corroded at the point where the two metal pieces fit inside each other, leading to painful risky revision surgery to remove the implant.
The Stryker Rejuvenate implants consisted of a modular stem, but the metal components grind against each other causing toxic metallic debris increasing the risk of premature hip failure.
In 2014, a global Stryker Rejuvenate settlement was reached and money damages compensation was paid to the injured plaintiffs.
Zimmer M/L Taper Systems Failure
The Zimmer M/L Taper System is similar to the Stryker LFIT Cobalt Chromium V40 femoral head system in that
the LFit v40 femoral head and the Zimmer Versys femoral heads are made of cobalt-chromium, and both are typically connected to metal alloy stems that cause an increased risk of “taper lock failure” and toxic metal debris.
Zimmer is exposed to many lawsuits involving the combination of the Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis and Zimmer VerSys Hip femoral head. These Zimmer M/L Taper lawsuits are consolidated in the federal court system in the Southern District of New York.
More than 100,000 of these Zimmer hip replacements have been implanted throughout the United States, according to recently filed court documents.
Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm is investigating Metal Hip failure and metallosis
The Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm based in Dallas, Texas is actively investigating Metal Hip failure and metallosis. If you or a loved one received a hip implant since 2006 and have received a notice that the hip implant was recalled, required metal blood testing for cobalt/chromium levels, noticed loosening, fracture or other painful problems that resulted in the need for hip revision surgery please call us toll-free at 214-390-3189, for a no-obligation consultation.
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