Biomet Hip Replacement Lawsuit
Biomet is the manufacturer of the second-most widely used total hip implant system. And unfortunately for those that have received a BIOMET Hip may now have complications stemming from the company’s metal-on-metal M2a Magnum Hip System.
Symptoms of Hip Replacement Failure
Symptoms of hip replacement failure include:
- Hip pain;
- A grinding sensation in the hip region; and
- Hip replacement failure preceded by an audible popping sound.
Surgery is necessary when the hip replacement system manufactured by any company has failed.
Hip Replacement Surgery
In the hip you were born with, the thigh bone, or femur and head, connects to the pelvis at the joint. The femoral head slides into the acetabulum (like a ball and socket). Within the acetabulum, the head rotates and moves, but sometimes that movement can be painful if you’ve withstood an injury, or some other condition that has caused a loss of mobility. Often, the only real treatment would be a total hip replacement (where both the ball and socket are completely replaced) or a hip resurfacing system (a partial replacement).
Metal-on-metal hips were thought to provide the greatest range of motion, a very attractive quality to those in the market for a new hip.
With a total hip replacement, something called an acetabular cup is placed inside the acetabulum, and the femoral head is replaced with a metal ball, which is connected to a stem that is placed inside the femur. With the hip resurfacing system, the acetabular cup is placed inside the acetabulum, but instead of the entire head being replaced, a simple cap is placed over it.
What brought you here
If your doctor replaced your hip with a metal-on-metal hip (which offers great range of motion), then chances are you probably have the DePuy or BioMet Hip. If you’re not sure what your hip is made out of or which hip your doctor used, call him or her immediately and find out.
Symptoms you may have
Pain, swelling, difficulty walking—caused by loosening (hip won’t stay attached to the bone), fracture (broken bone), or dislocation (the pieces of the hip are no longer aligned). Loosening, fractures, and dislocations are often caused by metallosis, when metal particles come loose in the body and bloodstream as a result of the parts of the hip rubbing together. However, the fact that you are not experiencing any of these symptoms, unfortunately, does not mean you have nothing to worry about.