The Farber Law Group, a medical malpractice law firm located in Bellevue, Washington, recommends that all patients fitted with a DePuy metal-on-metal ASR hip implant seek legal counsel before statute of limitations run out.
If you are a patient with a ASR XL Acetabular and Hip Resurfacing Systems, you could literally be forfeiting hundreds of thousands of dollars if you wait too much longer to file a claim. If you are a loved one received a DePuy ASR hip implant and you have not yet filed a claim, you should call The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 as soon as possible to make sure you do not limit your recovery.
The DePuy ASR hip implant was recalled because of its high failure rate. The hip implant has been known to cause fractures and dislocations. Many patients have suffered considerable pain. One of the most worrisome side effects of the hip implant, however, is the metal debris of cobalt an chromium which can be shed in a patient’s tissue and blood stream when the metal parts of the hip implant rub. The Farber Law Group can recommend the specific blood test which measures levels of heavy metal in a patient’s blood stream. If a patient tests positive at certain levels, it is a good indication that the hip implant should be removed and replaced.
Heavy Metal Poisoning
Heavy metal poisoning such as chromium toxicity or cobalt toxicity may not immediately cause physical symptoms. However, the presence of heavy metals in the body can cause long-term damage. A build-up of Cobalt can cause nerve damages, thyroid problems, kidney failure, pulmonary syndrome, hemorrhage, skin problems and gastrointestinal distress. A build-up Chromium can elevate one’s cancer risk, cause reproductive problems, DNA mutations and can impair the liver.
What Concentration of Metal is Considered High?
DePuy Orthopedics, Inc. reports that 7 parts per billion of cobalt or chromium are high levels and should concern patients. The famous Mayo Clinic sets a different level. High Chromium levels are “blood serum concentrations greater than 1ng/mL in a patient with Cr-based implant suggest significant prosthesis wear.” Toxic levels of Cobalt are any levels greater than or equal to 5.0 ng/mL.Since metal can build up over time, any elevated level may cause concern. One should check with their doctor to verify what the actual numbers are.