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Bilateral Biomet Hip Implants Cause Maryland Man Severe Pain, Elevated Metal Ion Levels, and Revision Surgeries, Alleges Lawsuit Filed by Parker Waichman LLP
Date:12/2/2013

ndants misrepresented the implant as safe and efficacious.

The lawsuit also notes that the Plaintiff had to undergo two separate revision surgeries to remove the devices, highlighting that revision surgery is costlier, more dangerous, and more painful than the original implantation procedure because there is less bone and tissue to work with after the original device is removed. Revision surgeries also typically require more time to complete than initial hip surgery and can lead to increased complication rates and a greater need for ongoing, future medical care.

The FDA noted in a safety communication on January 17, 2013, that it had placed the entire metal-on-metal class of medical devices under increased scrutiny following mounting reports of high failure rates associated with the all-metal hip devices, as well as reports that they can cause elevated levels of metallic debris in patients’ bloodstreams. The FDA also released new guidelines for patients implanted with all-metal devices and advised that symptomatic patients have regular physical examinations, diagnostic imaging, and metal ion testing.

Meanwhile, recent data from Canada suggests that people implanted with metal-on-metal hips are likelier to require revision surgery within the first five years of implantation, according to a July 18 CBC News report.

In the CBC report, a Canadian Institutes for Health Information study found that patients implanted with metal-on-metal hip face a 5.9 percent increased risk of having to undergo revision surgery within five years following the original implantation, compared to a 2.7 percent rate in people implanted with a metal-on-plastic i
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