On February 11, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) launched a new website outlining the risks associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. In addition to announcing that it will undertake a review to “assess the safety and effectiveness of metal-on-metal hip implants,” the FDA’s website devoted several pages to addressing concerns that have been raised regarding the metal-on-metal hip implants. Prompted by the recent DePuy hip replacement recall and growing concerns about metal debris from the implants causing serious injuries to patients, the FDA outlined plans to review studies, adverse event reports and analyses from the defective hip implant manufacturers in order to determine the reasons behind the products’ failure.

FDA Website Explains Dangers of Metal-on-Metal Implants

In addition to explaining how the metal-on-metal hip implant systems work and distinguishing them from traditional hip replacement implants, the website highlighted the additional “unique risks” metal-on-metal implants pose to recipients. The most severe side effect caused by a defective metal-on-metal hip implant occurs when tiny metal ions wear off of the device and enter tissue around the implant or work their way into the bloodstream. The FDA advised patients to see their doctors if they experience any of the following symptoms: chest pain, shortness of breath, numbness, weakness, change in vision or hearing, fatigue, feeling cold, weight gain, and change in urination habits. These are symptoms of metallosis or metal poisoning.

Helpful Highlights Included on the Website

In addition to the metal-on-metal implant homepage, the FDA website includes 11 supplementary pages geared towards both patients and health care providers. If you have a metal-on-metal hip implant or are considering a metal-on-metal hip implant system, we recommend that you review the “Information for Patients” page, which addresses and answers common questions and concerns. In addition, patients who believe that they may have received a defective hip implant should check the “Report a Problem” page, which explains how to file an adverse event report and provides contact information for consumers. The FDA has also provided links to other reputable resources where patients can look to garner further information.

DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit

If you or a loved one has experienced any problems as a result of a DePuy hip implant, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. Contact one of our lawyers today for a free and confidential DePuy hip recall lawsuit evaluation. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients. In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our hip replacement injury lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.

Published November 17, 2011 by