FDA Issues Hip Implant Warning
Written by Faith Anderson on January 17, 2013
Issues With Metal-on-Metal Devices
All-metal hip implants were designed by manufacturers to be more durable than traditional implants, but have became a major cause of concern recently, in light of numerous safety issues and user problems. While traditional hip implants use a ceramic or metal ball with a plastic socket, newer devices are made up of all-metal components, which the FDA warns can shed metal particles when the two components rub against one another, such as during walking or running. According to federal regulators, this release of metal will lead to the wear and tear of the implant, and can also damage the soft tissue and bone surrounding the hip implant.
All-Metal Hip Implants Subjected to Recalls
One of the most well-known metal-on-metal hip implants, DePuy Orthopaedics’ ASR XL Acetabular device, was recalled by Johnson & Johnson in 2010 following reports of significant safety problems. The ASR hip implant first became available in 2005, after Johnson & Johnson was given special clearance by the FDA that did not require clinical trials prior to device approval. In early 2010, the device maker acknowledged that the hip implant had a higher-than-normal failure rate, revealing that about 12% of all patients who received an ASR implant required revision surgery to replace the device. Device maker Smith & Nephew also recalled a component of its all-metal hip systems in June 2012, following a higher-than-expected rate of patient problems associated with the implants. In July 2012, Stryker Corp began recalling some components of its hip implants due to risks associated with corrosion.
A Qualified Attorney Can Help You File a Claim
As research continues to shed light on the safety concerns of all-metal hip implants, product liability lawyers across the country are investigating injury claims filed on behalf of patients who allege that they have been harmed by the potentially defective devices. If you received a metal-on-metal device and you have since suffered a side effect requiring revision surgery to remove or replace the device, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help you get in touch with a reputable lawyer in your area. With the help of a qualified product liability attorney, you may be able to file a claim against the device manufacturer, in order to seek fair and timely compensation for your hip implant-related injuries.