Hip replacement surgeries are performed on thousands of patients each year. Unfortunately, many of these implants result in painful complications requiring a second procedure.
Health care professionals have increasingly warned that metal on metal hip implants can release metal particles in the body and cause further complications. These particles can damage soft tissue, cause inflammatory reactions, and lead to bone loss. Patients may also experience Metallosis, a toxic condition caused by the implant releasing cobalt and chromium in small amounts to the bloodstream.
In 2010, DePuy Orthopedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, started the wave of hip replacement recalls.
Devices that have been recalled include:
- ASR Hip Resurfacing System
- ASR XL Acetabular Hip System
- Biomet Mallory-Head
- Exatech Metal liner of R3 Acetabular System
- Exactech Opteon
- Smith and Nephew R3 Acetabular metal liner
- Stryker Orthopaedics
- Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG modular-neck hip stems
- Stryker Orthopaedics Omnifit
- Stryker Orthopaedics Sulzer Inter-Op acetabular shell
- Wright Medical Technology Conserve Plus and Profemur Z Hip Stem
- Zimmer Holdings Durom Acetabular Component
- Hip pain
- Mobility Problems
- Loosening of the hip joint
- Metallosis – a toxic condition caused by the implant releasing cobalt and chromium into the bloodstream
- Tumors at the site of implant
- Flu-like symptoms
- Hearing loss
Patients who have received a hip implant since 2003 should seek legal advice before signing any medical waivers in order to protect their rights.