An article recently published in Hip International journal found that a metal hip replacement made one patient suffer from chronic metal intoxication and severe metallosis.

The study followed a male patient who first received a total hip replacement with a ceramic-on-ceramic bearing. The ceramic liner fractured three years after his initial implant. He underwent revision surgery and received a metal-on-polyethylene articulation.

But the problems only worsened from there. 20 months after his revision surgery, the patient suffered from a dislocated hip replacement. In addition, he showed symptoms of chronic heavy metal intoxication. He underwent a secondary revision surgery to remove the metal hip replacement.

The patient suffered from severe metallosis—high concentrations of cobalt, chromium and titanium in his bloodstream and body. The study’s authors recommended against using a metal hip articulation for ceramic revision surgery.

The study’s findings are in line with recent research, advisories and recalls involving metal-on-metal hip implants, which can lead to metallosis and high failure rates. The FDA has received almost 17,000 reports of problems with metal-on-metal hip implants, 14,121 of which were from patients who were forced to undergo revision surgery.

In June this year, the FDA convened an expert panel to evaluate the dangers of metal hip implants. Although the agency hasn’t issued an official recommendation, many doctors and experts voiced their concerns about the dangers of metal-on-metal hips.

“In my personal opinion there is very little room, if any, for metal-on-metal implants because the alternatives we have on the market are likely safer and as effective,” Dr. Art Sedrakyan, a professor of public health at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York told the Huffington Post in a report on the FDA metal hips hearing.

Patients who suffered from complications or hip replacement failure after receiving a metal hip replacement are filing lawsuits against hip manufacturers to seek compensation for their injuries. The hip replacement lawyers at our firm are currently representing clients injured by the following hip systems:

  • DePuy ASR hip implants
  • Metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implants
  • Wright Profemur and Conserve hip implants
  • Biomet Magnum hip replacement
  • Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems

Learn more about how you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and more by calling (877) 779-1414.

Published November 9, 2012 by