Picking up from An Overview of Defective Medical Devices (Part 1), here is a further look at defective medical devices that have been reported to cause serious, potentially life-threatening injuries to patients within recent years. While Part 1 of this blog discussed the alleged problems associated with da Vinci surgical robot, which is being widely used in hospitals throughout the U.S., here in Part 2, we will focus on metal-on-metal hip implants, like those manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, Stryker Orthopaedics and Zimmer Holdings.
Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants
Metal-on-metal hip implants were introduced as devices that would improve mobility in patients who required hip replacement surgery. However, soon after their introduction, these medical devices reportedly caused a number of serious patient injuries as a result of:
- The friction between the device’s metal components, which released excessive metal ions into patients’ bloodstreams and caused them to develop a serious condition known as metallosis
- The device being prone to dislocations and other types of failure, which caused many patients to require risky revision surgery to remove the defective hip implants.
While a number of companies have since recalled their MoM hip implants and are no longer selling them in the U.S., unfortunately, the damage has already been done to many patients who are now living with severe complications that they will have to treat for their rest of their lives.
Mount Vernon Product Liability Lawyers
At the law firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C., our experienced Mount Vernon product liability lawyers have been providing client-centered representation to our Southern Illinois clients since 1950. Our trusted attorneys focus on our clients’ needs, and we do everything we can to help them get the maximum possible compensation for their losses and injuries so they can focus on recovery and moving on with their life. If you have suffered serious injuries or complications due to the use of a metal-on-metal hip implant or of any defective medical device, contact us by calling (888) 896-9381 for a free, thorough assessment of your case, along with professional advice regarding the best manner in which to move forward.