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Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants in the Spotlight

Published on Aug 24, 2012 at 8:06 am in Product Liability.

As with many other manufacturers of metal-on-metal implants, Biomet is now the subject of a number of lawsuits alleging that their products are defective and dangerous. Patients who have filed suit against Biomet for complications arising from the company’s M2A Magnum metal-on-metal implant have asked the judicial panel on multidistrict litigation to consolidate all of the Biomet cases in the Northern District of California or the Southern District of New York. Approximately 450 complaints have been lodged with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the Biomet M2A Magnum implants. Like the DePuy ASR implants, Biomet implants appear to be failing at rate much higher than similar products.

Metal-on-metal hip implants have proven to be one of the most dangerous and defective medical devices on the market. A study of metal-on-metal implants, published this summer by the Orthopedics Journal, revealed that in about 78% of the cases studied patients required a revision of their initial implants within two years of their first surgery. The article also claimed that 92.5% of those studied had a subsequent revision surgery within three years of the initial implant. Several companies manufacture metal-on-metal hip implants such as DePuy, Smith and Nephew, and Biomet.

These complications have led to recalls and a number of lawsuits. The recall of DePuy’s ASR metal-on-metal implant came after a number of lawsuits were filed against the manufacturer. Patients have alleged in these lawsuits that they have suffered from high levels of metal in their blood, allergic reactions, infections, false tumor formations, femoral stem fractures, and dislocations.

Researchers in the Orthopedics Journal study claimed that poor manufacturing and engineering were likely at fault for the complications. Another complication found in previous studies showed that metal-on-metal implants resulted in the shedding of metal particles into the patient’s blood and tissue. This causes a condition called metalosis which results in inflammation and damage to the tissue surrounding the hip.

Kentucky defective hip replacement lawyer Tad Thomas is dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers injured by hip replacement failure and finding them the compensation they need to recover from their wrongful losses.