Metal on metal hip replacements and implants have been recalled because they are known to cause serious injuries and harm to patients who have them.
Hip replacement systems and implants have been around for many years. Unfortunately, so have the complications arising from some of these defective products. Metallosis, or an increased level of metals in the bloodstream, is one of the most serious types of injuries resulting from metal-on-metal (MoM) hip replacement systems.
Metallosis can be caused by the corrosion and grinding of the metals on the stem of the hip implant and the metal cup. Over time, the grinding of metals causes small particles to enter the bloodstream, which can be extremely dangerous and must be addressed immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms including fatigue, pain, inflammation, clicking, grinding, or discomfort you should immediately consult with your physician.
Request a blood exam that tests for levels of toxicity of cobalt, chromium and titanium. A standard blood draw will not test for these metals, so you must ask for it specifically.
If you or a loved one has been affected by the following known MoM hip implant system brands, please call today for a free legal consultation:
DePuy, Stryker, Smith and Nephew, Zimmer, Biomet