Metal-on-metal hip implants have become one of the most commonly used methods of hip replacement in the United States today. Viewed as an innovative orthopedic technology, many manufacturers have begun to produce implant using metal components to achieve that which was previously achieved by plastic materials. Sadly, reported device failure has become a commonplace for metal-on-metal hip implants.
Biomet Orthopedics is the manufacturer of Biomet M2A Magnum hip implants. Unlike many of the hip implants available today which use a combination of both metal and plastic materials, Biomet uses only metal components. In the last several weeks thousands of patients throughout the United States have experienced health complications as a direct result of these metal-on-metal implants. These complications have sparked a large number of lawsuits against Biomet Orthopedics.
The Eichholz Law Firm is conducting an investigation into the details of both the Biomet M2A Magnum hip implant and its manufacturer Biomet Orthopedics. Concerns over the safety of these surgeries have given rise to this investigation, following a number of reports regarding the health risks associated with metal-on-metal hip replacements. The patients who have suffered due to these defects are likely entitled to compensation from Biomet Orthopedics. If you or a loved one has experienced any type of negative side effects following a hip implant surgery, the Eichholz Law Firm is here to help.
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Biomet M2A Magnum Hip Implant Side Effects
An estimated 80,000 metal-on-metal hip replacements are implanted in patients annually in the United States, making up about one-third of all hip replacement surgeries throughout the nation. What was once thought of as the most efficient, effective replacement technique is now being scrutinized by federal agencies. Sadly, a variety of safety hazards have been pinpointed which directly correlate to these specific surgeries.
Following the number of suffering patients, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began to recognize the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal implants. Currently, more than 20 manufacturers of these implants are under review and required to monitor a number of negative side effects, including metal presence in patient’s blood, as well as recording specific health data. Any patient who has received this surgery must be aware of the potential complications.
The following are the most common side effects associated with Biomet M2A Magnum hip implants:
- Metal poisoning
- Problems walking or standing
- Loosening of hip implant
- Hip implant explanation surgery (implant is replaced and/or removed)
- Damages to the tissues and bones surrounding the joint
- Unexplained hip pain
- Osteolysis (bone loss)
- Increases of pain in implant location as well as the back and groin
- Tissue discoloration
- Unexplained tumors
- Damage and swelling to soft tissue
- Necrosis (tissue death)
- Pseudotumors (fluid pockets)
- Climbing failure rate of implant
- Cobalt and chromium ion levels increase
The FDA has now outlined a new set of guidelines to reflect the growing number of patients with health complications. Many patients throughout the state of Georgia have sustained health risks related to their metal-on-metal hip implant. If you or a loved one has suffered following a surgery with a Biomet M2A Magnum implant, you may be entitled to compensation.
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The Eichholz Law Firm has dedicated many years to providing legal representation to those who have been injured due to the negligence of a manufacturer. We understand the stress and overwhelming anxiety that tends to come with product liability cases. As such, our Savannah personal injury lawyers work tirelessly to build a case that will place you in the best position to achieve maximum compensation for your losses.
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