Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants – What is the Danger?
Hip implants are a wonder of modern medical technology. By surgically implanting a synthetic ball and socket into the patient’s hip, doctors can effectively replace an ailing joint, giving the patient a level of mobility that he or she may not have had in years.
Unfortunately, in recent years, it was discovered that some models of hip implants may pose serious risks to patients. These hip implant degrade abnormally quickly, leaving patients in serious pain and in need of additional surgery. The damaged implants often release metal shavings into the body, where they can cause infections that threaten the surrounding tissue. Complications from metal in the bloodstream can even damage the liver, heart, thyroid and nervous system.
So-called “metal-on-metal” designs are particularly susceptible to failure. These designs have a metal ball which fits into a metal socket, mimicking the functionality of a normal hip. Unfortunately, through constant use the metal can wear down, releasing damaging particles into the body. Tens of thousands of people were given these hazardous hip implants before they were recalled. Well-known devices include:
· Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II Systems
· DePuy’s ASR Hip Resurfacing System (sold only abroad)
· Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System
When a manufacturer produces a product, whether it is a hip implant or a child’s toy, that manufacturer must ensure that the product is safe for use. All too often, however, manufacturers go out of their way to deny the truth, to hide their product’s defects and to protect their own reputation at the cost of their customers’ health. In these situations, product liability lawsuits can help hold manufacturers accountable.
If you have been harmed by a dangerous product, Greening Law, P.C., may be able to help you prepare an effective legal response. Contact our Dallas law office online or call 972-934-8900 to get started.