Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Patients Say Defective Devices Caused Injuries


Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Patients Say Defective Devices Caused InjuriesOverview: Metal-on-metal hip implants are a class of medical devices that are used to treat conditions such as joint pain and arthritis. When the devices were hit the US market in the 90s, manufacturers promised that the all-metal implants would offer benefits over metal-on-ceramic implants because they were thought to be more durable. In recent years, however, metal-on-metal hip replacements have raised serious health issues worldwide. Instead of regaining their lives and mobility, as an increasing number of patients are claiming that the implant is faulty and causes injuries.

  • Metal-on-metal hip recipients in the US, UK and other countries are complaining of pain and complications because of the metal device
  • Metal hip implants may cause injury by shedding metal ions into the bloodstream
  • According to a report in the Telegraph, patients in the UK were told that a metal-on-metal hip replacement would help them regain mobility, but are now suffering from worse injuries

Manufacturer & Product

Johnson & Johnson/ DePuy Orthopaedics Biomet Smith & Nephew Zimmer Wright Medical Technology
ASR (recalled) M2a Magnum Oxinium Durom CONSERVE Hip Systems
Pinnacle   Birmingham BHR   Profemur

Side Effects & Complications

  • High failure rate
  • Necrosis (tissue death
  • Increased levels of cobalt and chromium ions
  • Pain at the implant, sometimes spreading to the groin and back
  • Osteolysis (bone loss)
  • Fluid collections/solid masses around the hip joint

Metal Hips Don’t Live Up to Promise

An article in the Telegraph describes a number of patients who received a metal-on-metal hip implant with the belief that the device would improve the quality of their lives. But instead of finding relief, these patients suffered injuries from the metal poisoning that can occur when parts of the implant rub together. Sally Gration, a 57 year old nursery school teacher, began having trouble walking in 2009, about three years after receiving an all-metal hip replacement in her right hip. Last year, doctors discovered excessively high levels of chromium and cobalt in her blood, and decided to remove the implant. Ms. Gration says that her body was so damaged from the implant that surgeons could not immediately put in a new one. “I couldn’t walk. I had to live in the lounge. I didn’t know if I was ever going to be able to walk again.” she told Telegraph. Because of the time she had to take off from work, Gration has lost her job. She now has a metal-on-ceramic implant.

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits

Sally Gration is one of thousands of people around the world who have suffered injuries after receiving a metal-on-metal hip implant. The devices have sparked several multidistrict litigations (MDLs) in the US against manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson, Biomet, Stryker Orthopedics, Wright Medical Technology and Zimmer Holdings. Patients who have received a metal-on-metal hip implant are advised to speak with their doctor or orthopedic surgeon about follow-up for complications such as metal poisoning, bone damage or pseudotumors.