British Researchers Call for End to Metal Hip Use
British researchers at the National Joint Registry of England are calling for all sales of metal-on-metal hip implants to be halted. Their recommendation follows an extensive study of all-metal hip failure rates that was published in The Lancet medical journal on March 13, 2012.
U.S. patients who claim to have experienced injuries caused by the alleged early failure of Zimmer’s metal-on-metal Durom Cup hip device have gone on to file a Zimmer hip lawsuit. Despite these complaints, neither the FDA nor the manufacturer has issued a Zimmer hip hip implant recall.
New study supports Zimmer hip lawsuit claims
Unlike the United States, Britain maintains a comprehensive registry of hip replacement data. After analyzing data from over 400,000 hip replacements from 2003 to 2011, including 31,000 procedures involving all-metal hips, researchers found that 6 percent of all-metal hips failed within five years.
Traditional ceramic or plastic implants, which generally last at least a decade, had a failure rate of only 1.7 to 2.3 percent. Ashley Blom, head of orthopedic research at the University of Bristol and the study author, observed that “If I were a patient, I would not choose a metal-on-metal hip.”
No Zimmer hip hip implant recall
Though Zimmer hip lawyers may attempt to cite the British study’s findings as evidence that their implants were unsafe, the study has not prompted health agencies in either England or the U.S. to issue a Zimmer hip hip implant recall.
Zimmer hip lawsuit claims focus on significant injuries
Injuries from all-metal implants, such as those alleged by Zimmer hip plaintiffs, can be severe and permanent, affecting an individual’s mobility and quality of life.
Reported side effects of all-metal implants include pain, difficulty walking, sleeping, or performing other daily activities, grinding and popping noises, and repeated dislocations.
Zimmer hip lawsuit plaintiffs allege metallosis
Even without apparent side effects, all-metal implants can cause significant hidden damage.
As the metal components rub and grind against each other, metal fragments (including chromium and cobalt) are released into the bloodstream and surrounding tissue. This condition, known as metallosis, can cause extensive damage to tissue and bone, causing the implant to loosen and making repair difficult and painful.