The New York Times Again Reports On Growing Problems With Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacements
A September 30, 2011 article in The New York Times reported on the symptoms of hip replacement failure, which are currently plaguing thousands of individuals nationwide. Since the August 2010 recall of the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement systems, The New York Times, as well as other media outlets, have continuously followed and tracked developments stemming from the fallout of the recalled devices. For more than a year, they have focused on the widespread effects facing individuals who received the defective metal-on-metal implants. This latest report details the symptoms associated with hip replacement failure and the complexities arising during revision surgeries needed to remove the defective implants.
Symptoms Of Hip Replacement Failure Stemming From Metal-On-Metal Devices
In explaining the problems stemming from metal-on-metal hip replacements, Dr. Young-Min Kwon, an orthopedic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, told The New York Times that “What we are seeing is a complex phenomenon.” In addition to obvious signs of hip replacement failure such as popping, grinding, pain and loosening of the artificial joints, a silent symptom is metal poisoning. Metal poisoning occurs when tiny pieces of metallic debris shed from the metal-on-metal implants and infect the tissue surrounding the hip area and enter the bloodstream. These metallic ions can destroy tissue and muscle. Patients experiencing this type of hip replacement failure can be asymptomatic. Only targeted blood tests may show that these individuals have extremely high levels of cobalt and chromium in the bloodstream, which is indicative of metal-on-metal hip replacement failure.
New Data Suggests That Metal-On-Metal Hips Failure Rate Is Higher Than Expected
In the report, The New York Times cited a recent study published by The National Joint Registry for England and Wales, which concluded that metal-on-metal hip replacements were failing at three times the rate of hips made of plastic and metal, which can last 15 years or more. According to that study, almost 14 percent of patients who receive a metal-on-metal hip implant need revision surgery after seven years. This past May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) ordered metal-on-metal hip device manufacturers to track and study the rate at which their devices are failing. Additionally, on October 4, 2011, NBC Nightly News reported that, “So far this year, the FDA has received nearly 11,000 complaints about metal-on-metal implants.” NBC Nightly News called the metal-on-metal hips “one of the largest medical device failures ever.”
Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s ASR Clients Report Similar Hip Replacement Complications
These recent reports confirm what the DePuy ASR lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have been seeing with their own DePuy ASR clients. Increasingly, clients call the Firm with updates regarding their medical conditions – many informing our DePuy ASR lawyers that their doctors are scheduling them for revision surgeries because of high levels of chromium and cobalt. The severity of hip replacement failure and resulting revision surgery was described by one orthopedic surgeon interviewed by The New York Times as a “biological dead zone. There were matted strands of tissue stained gray and black; a large strip of muscle near the hip no longer contracted.” Although the DePuy ASR lawyers at the Firm are concerned and troubled by the growing number of clients facing revision surgeries, the Firm is pleased that this widespread problem is continuing to receive media attention. It is our hope that anyone who received a metal-on-metal implant will immediately seek medical advice and undergo testing to ensure that they are not one of the thousands who are silently experiencing hip replacement complications.
DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit
If you or a loved one received an implant that was part of the DePuy ASR hip recall and have experienced any problems as a result of the defective hip system, you may be able to file a DePuy hip replacement 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 replacement 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.