Problems with the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Replacement
If you have suffered pain, lost mobility or experienced other problems with your hip related to age, disease or injury, you may have received a “metal-on-metal” hip implant, such as the Biomet M2a Magnum.
With these implants, both the ball and the socket of the artificial joint are constructed of metal. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the metallic makeup of these implants’ components may cause “metallosis,” or a buildup of loose metal around the hip and in the bloodstream, and the artificial hip itself can loosen and fail prematurely.
The defective medical device lawyers of the Driscoll Firm, LLC, currently are investigating cases of injuries caused by by Biomet’s metal-on-metal hip implant.
If you or a loved one has received a Biomet M2a Magnum hip and suffered problems afterward, contact The Driscoll Firm, LLC Simply call our toll-free number or use our online form. You may be eligible to seek compensation for any losses you have suffered, including medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.
FDA Warnings about the Biomet M2A Magnum Hip
The Biomet M2a Magnum and other metal-on-metal hip implants have the same problems as other types of hip implants, including the possibility of infection, the risk of bone loss or fractures and the implant breaking and causing joint dislocation, the FDA reports.
But metal-on-metal hip implants are also subject to metal particles flaking off as components of the ball and socket joint rub against one another. As you may expect, metal particles that are loose in the body can cause serious health problems.
Medical studies that have been reported independently and by the FDA say that flakes of cobalt and chromium that are shed by a metal-on-metal hip can cause deterioration of the tissue around the joint, which leads to the loosening of the implant and failure of the device.
Additionally, metal ions from a metal-on-metal implant enter the bloodstream, the FDA says. This can cause such medical problems as:
- Cardiomyopathy (a disease that damages the heart muscle)
- Renal function impairment (kidney failure)
- Neurological damage (causing hearing or sight impairment
- Psychological damage (attention, memory, thought) and depression
- Thyroid dysfunction (including neck aches, fatigue, weight gain or feeling cold)
- General hypersensitivity reaction (skin rash).
How an individual patient will be affected by metal flakes or ions shed from a metal-on-metal hip implant cannot be determined, the FDA says. One implant patient may develop medical problems in response to a very small amount of metal ions in their body. Another patient may have a much larger amount of metal ions in their bodies before they develop symptoms.
The remedy to adverse reactions caused by a metal-on-metal hip implant or the device’s failure includes revision surgery. This is the removal of the implant and its replacement by another device.
Any surgery poses the risk of an adverse reaction to anesthesia, infection, excessive bleeding and blood clots. But metal-on-metal hip implant revision surgery patients may find that metallosis caused by their artificial hip has damaged the soft tissue and/or bone quality in their hip and upper leg, the FDA says. This damage may prevent a patient from being fitted with a new hip.
Contact Our Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Replacement Attorneys
The Driscoll Firm, LLC, can be of assistance if you or a loved one has experienced medical problems after receiving a Biomet M2a Magnum all-metal hip implant. A lawyer from our firm can advise you of your legal rights and your options for seeking compensation.
John J. Driscoll has achieved membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum through the verdicts and settlements he has obtained for clients across the country. Fewer than 1 percent of U.S. lawyers have been elected to these organizations.
Allow us to put our litigation experience to work for you if you believe you or a loved one has been harmed by a Biomet M2a Magnum metal-on-metal hip replacement.
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For additional information:
- Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Information for Patients Who Have Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants, U.S. FDA