While a hip replacement may improve some aspects of your life, according to a recent New York Times article, this orthopedic procedure may also have the potential to cause the kind of side effects that have led a growing number of patients to file Stryker hip lawsuits, Biomet hip replacement lawsuits, and DePuy ASR hip lawsuits.

The report from April 8th, 2013 highlighted the benefits hip replacement surgery may reap for a patient’s sex life, saying that many people who suffered from arthritis prior to their procedures experienced an increase in libido and sexual stamina afterward. Research presented at a meeting of the American Academy for Orthopedic Surgeons indicated that 81 percent of 147 patients who said they suffered sexually because of their bad hip reported an increase in the frequency of sexual activity after surgery.

Stryker Hip Lawsuits, Biomet Hip Replacement Lawsuits Mount

However, some artificial hip implants, like the ones comprised of metal-on-metal hip components, may dramatically decrease a patient’s overall quality of life. Stryker hip lawsuits, for example, have been filed on behalf of patients who experienced pain, swelling, inflammation, metallosis (metal ion poisoning) and other complications related to early hip failure after receiving the Rejuvenate and/or ABG II modular-neck hip stems.

These devices were recalled in July 2012 after data received by Stryker Orthopaedics indicated the potential for the components of the device to fret and corrode, which may result in a patient’s suffering adverse tissue reactions and other injuries. As of February 2013, over 80 Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits had been filed in New Jersey Superior Court on behalf of patients who allegedly suffered these side effects. Court documents indicate there were approximately 30 claims filed in federal court over this device as of February 2013.

Lawsuits brought by plaintiffs who allege complications stemming from the Biomet M2a Magnum hip replacement are continuously being filed in federal court as well. According to court records, 141 claims over this implant were pending in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana as of March 1st, 2013. Approximately 10,000 claims have been filed over the DePuy Orthopaedics-manufactured ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement as well. When this implant was recalled in August 2010, 93,000 devices were affected.

How to File a Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuit

If you experienced complications after receiving a metal hip replacement, contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to learn more about your legal options. You may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Call the Firm directly at (877) 779-1414.

Published April 11, 2013 by