Pa. man will testify to FDA on behalf of metal-on-metal hip implant victims

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Pa. man will testify to FDA on behalf of metal-on-metal hip implant victimsAn eastern Pennsylvania man is preparing to testify before a Food and Drug Administration panel next week regarding the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants.

The FDA has convened the panel to discuss the process which got several models of metal-on-metal hip implants onto the market, the future of devices implanted, how best to treat complications caused by them, and their future viability as an effective joint replacement.

According to The (Allentown, Pa.) Morning Call newspaper, Steve Lorenz received the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant in 2010, less than two years before it was the subject of a worldwide recall because it had been associated with a vast number of serious injuries and adverse event reports from people who had already received the implant.

Lorenz said he never received word of any complications that could be caused by the ASR hip implant when it was implanted in December 2008. Employed at a local cement manufacturer, Lorenz was depending on a successful hip replacement to return to work. Instead, he’s enduring persistent pain and swelling at the site of his defective implant and no surgeon is willing to conduct a replacement surgery because, as he told The Morning Call, they “didn’t want to be pulled into a lawsuit.”

Since his first surgery, the Whitehall, Pa., man has dealt with an unending series of injuries, potential misdiagnosis, several revision surgeries, constant pain, and building frustrations. His ordeal is described by the source:

Lorenz never recovered properly from the first surgery, experiencing what he described as “a loosening of the joints, like I have play in there.”

There was swelling around his scar, and he was constantly sore.

Lorenz was told that his pain was partly caused by his other hip, which was wearing out. The right hip would also need to be replaced before he could fully recover. Lorenz underwent a second operation in February 2010.

He had an even harder time recovering from the second surgery. He struggled to walk.

In the meantime, Lorenz will have an opportunity to speak for tens of thousands of potential victims of metal-on-metal hip implants when the panel is convened next week in the capital.