An orthopedic care center in Florida is warning patients about the dangers of total hip replacement surgeries involving devices with metal components, such as those named in DePuy hip replacement lawsuits, Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits, and claims filed over the Biomet hip replacement.

In a recent blog post from the Leone Center for Orthopedic Care at the Holy Cross Orthopedic Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the author gave information about the dangers of metal-on-metal hip implants, which may be caused by the metal ball and cup components sliding against each other during movement causing debris to be released into the body.

According to the blog post found on the facility’s website, symptoms associated with metal hips, like the now-recalled DePuy ASR hip, Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement and similarly-designed devices may include cardiac (cardiomyopathy), renal (kidney impairment) hematologic (blood cell suppression), neurologic (depression, cognitive impairment, visual or auditory impairment), and endocrine (thyroid dysfunction with weight gain, neck discomfort and fatigue).

“I have seen several patients develop skin problems (dermatologic) including acne and rashes,” the author added.

However, the article points out that many patients experiencing high metal ion levels may not be suffering any discomfort, which is why the Leone Center is strongly urging anyone who received a metal hip replacement device to seek blood study evaluations and/or MARS MRI scans. Otherwise known as Metal Artifact Reducing Sequence software, this examination allows surgeons to visualize the tissues surrounding the affected hip prosthesis.

“I repeatedly have seen people who are 100 percent asymptomatic and functioning at an extremely high level still develop problems,” the author said.

Patients Affected By Stryker Hip Recall Advised to Undergo Additional Testing

This is not a new discovery, however. Following the Stryker hip recall, which was issued on July 6, 2012 after the company learned of the potential for the components of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems to fret and corrode, Stryker Orthopaedics began advising all patients to undergo blood tests and cross-sectional imaging, even if they are not experiencing symptoms.

As of April 2013, more than 140 Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits were pending in a consolidated litigation underway in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County. Many of these claims allege injuries associated with metal ion poisoning, which may require revision surgeries.

The Leone Center is encouraging metal hip recipients experiencing complications to consider seeking medical attention at the facility.

“We are prepared to treat people suffering from problems associated with metal-on-metal components and provide solutions with safer, more durable outcomes,” the author said.

How to File a Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit

If you experienced complications after receiving a metal hip replacement, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414.

Published April 29, 2013 by