Metal on Metal Hip Implant failure rates continue to rise

Posted by Sarah Showard | Nov 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

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The FDA has ordered a review of all metal-on-metal hip implants due to mounting patient complaints. Problems include loosening, fracturing and dislocating of the device caused by inflammation in the joint space. In addition many patients have experienced soft tissue damage and metal poisoning because these devices can shed particles of chromium and cobalt into the bloodstream.

The FDA has received more complaints related to metal-on-metal hips during the first six months of this year than during the past four years combined.

While the DePuy ASR which was recalled in August 2010 has received the most attention, there have been there have been numerous complaints of other metal-on-metal hip implants.

The manufacturers of these devices include

  • DePuy
  • Zimmer
  • Wright Medical
  • Stryker
  • Biomet
  • Among others

As of 10/10/11 there had been 2,248 cases filed in the DePuy ASR MDL in the Northern District of Ohio.

Over 500 DePuy Pinnacle Complaints have been consolidated in the Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Texas.

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Sarah Showard

Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.


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