Metal-on-metal hip implants made by DePuy, Biomet, Stryker and other manufacturers have been linked to a growing number of problems in patients over the last five years. Now, a report from the FDA shows these defective implants may also be tied to increased risk of depression, cancer, and neurotoxicity.
The problem with metal-on-metal, or MoM, hip devices is that the components can rub against each other over time, causing tiny particles of cobalt and chromium to be shed into the bloodstream. The health problems caused by this process can lead to a condition called metallosis. Ultimately, the problems posed by metallosis may force the patient to go through a costly and expensive second surgery to have the hip implant removed. The implant manufacturers like to call this second surgery a "revision" to make it sound less horrifying.
The new report from the FDA confirms a range of health problems linked to revision surgery that many in the legal and medical communities already knew about it, including potential nerve damage and deep vein thrombosis. But the report, issued by the FDA's Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Advisory Panel, also shows some other potential hazards of metal hips that patients should understand. Although there is a need for additional research on this issue, some studies show a higher rate of cancer and neurotoxicity in metal hip patients, while others experienced problems including vision and hearing loss, vertigo, and cognitive decline. It's also common for metal-on-metal hip patients to experience severe hip pain and loss of mobility, which can lead to depression. This is really no surprise to anyone with major hip problems. Also, as a lawyer representing dozens of hip implant recipients across the nation, I know all too well that people suffering from metallosis are frustrated and angry about not being able to participate in daily activities such as shopping, or even doing the laundry that they once took for granted. For many people with a failed implant, it's impossible to get a good night of sleep, to be sexually intimate with their partner, or drive a car. If you want to read the full FDA report, just click here.
The attorneys at Jones Ward represent patients across the nation with defective metal-on-metal implants, including the DePuy ASR, DePuy Pinnacle, Biomet Magnum, Stryker Rejuvenate, Zimmer Durom, and others. If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective hip implant, call Attorney Alex Davis for a free case evaluation.