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Have you undergone a hip replacement surgery? artifical hip replacement

While hip replacement surgery can be a necessity for some individuals to maintain their mobility, concerns have been raised about the safety of some implants used during this procedure.

If you have had a metal-on-metal or Wright Profemur hip replacement, you need to be aware of the risks associated with these implants.

Metal-on-metal implants have come under scrutiny from the Federal Drug Administration, and the American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons warns that metal-on-metal systems should not be used in certain patients such as those with kidney disease or women of child-bearing age. Both organizations note metal-on-metal implants can corrode and release metal ions in the bloodstream.

Over time, metal-on-metal implants have been associated with the occurrence of pain, thyroid dysfunction, renal function impairment, device failure and other side effects.

Three companies have voluntarily recalled their metal-on-metal hip implants, and Johnson & Johnson paid $2.5 billion in 201 3 to people who had complications with their implant.

Wright Profemur hip implants have also been the subject of legal action. In June 2015, a man was awarded $4.5 million after his implant failed after three years. The man’s hip replacement lawyer argued that Wright used laser etching on their implants which made them prone to break. The jury agreed and another 1,200 lawsuits are currently pending against the manufacturer.

Do you need your own hip replacement lawyer?

If you’ve suffered from side effects related to your hip replacement surgery or had to have a revision surgery to replace your implant, a hip replacement lawyer can help review your legal options.

 

 

 

Sources:

Recalls Specific to Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants, Federal Drug Administration, http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241770.htm

J&J to pay $2.5B to settle hip-replacement lawsuits, Jaimy Lee, November 19, 2013, Modern Healthcare, http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20131119/NEWS/311199950

Questions and Answers About Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00625

Concerns about Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants, Federal Drug Administration, http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241604.htm

 

 


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