Hip Replacement Recall Lawyers Investigating Metal-on-Metal Implants

November 27, 2013 Last Updated on November 11, 2015

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At A Glance

This Alert Affects:
Patients who have been implanted with metal-on-metal hip replacements.
Injuries:
Bone or soft tissue damage, swelling, pain, metal poisoning and the need for revision surgery.
Manufacturer:
Biomet, DePuy, Smith & Nephew, Stryker and Wright Medical.
What's Different About Metal-on-Metal Implants?
While hip implant components have previously been made from a range of materials, including ceramic and plastic, metal-on-metal implants – as the name suggests – put metal parts in direct contact with other metal parts. This can lead to corrosion as the metal parts rub against each other and release tiny debris into the body.
FDA Warning:
The FDA issued a safety communication on January 17, 2013 warning that metal-on-metal hip implants have the potential to shed tiny metal particles into patients' bloodstreams, resulting in a variety of serious, adverse effects.
Type of Lawsuit:
Mass Tort