FDA releases information for patients with metal-on-metal hip implants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just posted some important information on their web-site for patients who have Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants who have concerns about their hip implants since the August 2010 recall by DePuy orthopedics of the ASR hip implant systems.

The FDA’s web-site addresses questions for people who are asymptomatic — without symptoms — and for those patients who have experienced complications including serious pain, swelling, numbness and other complications due to their hip implant.

The FDA describes some of the side effects that can occur with a metal-on-metal hip implant systems like DePuy’s ASR:

There are some case reports of the metal particles causing a reaction around the joint, leading to deterioration of the tissue around the joint, loosening of the implant and failure of the device, as well as some of the symptoms described above. In addition, some metal ions from the implant may enter into the bloodstream. There have been a few recent case reports of patients with metal-on-metal hip implants developing a reaction to these ions and experiencing medical problems that might have been related to their implants, including effects on the nervous system, heart and thyroid gland.

If you received a hip implant since 2003, it is recommended that you check with your orthopedic surgeon to determine if your hip implant was manufactured by DePuy and if it is one of the implants recalled. Your orthopaedic surgeon can also monitor your condition using both imaging procedures and blood tests.

In addition to medical care, The Farber Law Group, recommends that you make contact with a qualified product liability personal injury law firm. Since the recall, many patients will require future surgery to replace the defective device. A revision procedure can cause significant pain and also result in significant financial costs. With the help of an experienced personal injury law firm you can be assured that all legal options will be explored so that you receive compensation for your damages.

Source:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Information for Patients who have Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

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