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Tennessee Woman’s Biomet Metal Hip Implant Device Failed, Causing Pain, Elevated Metal Ion Levels, and the Need for Revision Surgery, Alleges Lawsuit Filed by Parker Waichman LLP
Date:8/6/2013

ith when the original device is removed from the body. Revision surgeries usually take longer to complete than the original hip surgery and have a higher rate of complications. The Plaintiff is suing for economic damages, including lost wages, as well as medical and hospital expenses; severe and possibly permanent injuries; pain; suffering; and emotional distress.

The Biomet M2a Magnum is a type of metal-on-metal hip implant. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put the metal-on-metal class of medical devices under increased scrutiny following reports of high failure rates and the release of elevated concentrations of metallic debris into the bloodstream. On January 17, 2013, the FDA released new guidelines for patients who were implanted with all-metal devices. The agency also advised that regular physical examinations, diagnostic imaging, and metal ion testing be conducted in symptomatic patients.

Additionally, new data from Canada suggests that people implanted with metal-on-metal hips are likelier to have to undergo revision surgery within five years of implantation with the all-metal device, according to a July 18 CBC News report. According to the Canadian Institutes for Health Information study, people who have received metal-on-metal implants face a 5.9 percent increased likelihood of having to undergo device replacement within five years of original implantation; this, in comparison to a 2.7 percent rate among people who received metal-on-plastic implants. The all-metal implant design did not work as expected, CBC News reported. In fact, under the body’s weight during daily activity—such as walking—the implant’s metal parts rub against each other. This rubbing causes metal particles to shed i
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