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Dreyer Boyajian LLP is investigating cases for persons who have had a metal on metal Wright hip implants and are experiencing complications or who have had a revision surgery. Studies have shown that over time, the ball and socket components of metal on metal hip devices are prone to wear down, generating metal debris fragments. These fragments can cause fluids to build up in the joint and surrounding muscles, and may cause pain and swelling or damage to the muscles, bones and nerves around the hip. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently convened a two-day hearing on the risks of metal on metal hip implants on June 27-28, 2012, wherein several medical expert panelists recommended against using such devices.

Symptoms of a defective metal on metal hip implant may include:

  • Hip, leg, groin or lower back pain
  • Swelling, inflammation or infection
  • Problems walking, standing or sitting
  • Fatigue or decline in physical ability
  • Audible clicking or crunching sound from the hip area
  • Elevated levels of metals in blood causing metallosis

Continuing symptoms may be signs of the implant loosening from the bone, dislocation of the implant, or fracture of the bone.

Unusual wear patterns cause metallic debris to come from the cup, ball and femoral stem, also known as the trunnion or taper. Metal implants have been shown to wear and tear such that loose metal particles are generated and damage surrounding tissue and enter the blood stream. This is exacerbated by faulty design. The metal used in these devices is cobalt and chromium, both having the potential to poison one's body. Metal poisoning is called "metallosis." Blood serum test can measure metal levels. Because the symptoms are wide ranging and appear to overlap with other conditions, the condition can exist for some time before diagnosed and treated. Here are some of the symptoms:

  • Brain fog - This is a broad term that describes feelings of confusion and forgetfulness.
  • Persistent pain - Chronic pain may be felt in almost any area of the body, including the muscles, tendons or soft tissues.
  • Persistent feelings of malaise - This is also a somewhat vague symptom. Chronic malaise means you often feel generally unwell. For instance, you may often feel tired, uncomfortable or sick.
  • Gastrointestinal problems - Some specific symptoms associated with gastrointestinal issues are diarrhea, gas, constipation, and trouble digesting foods.
  • Emotional disturbance - Some that are especially linked to metal toxicity are feelings of anxiety and mood swings. Depression may also be a sign of metal toxicity.
  • Problems with the nervous system - Some common manifestations may include feelings of burning or numbness in the extremities and tingling in other parts of the body.
  • Cardiomyopathy - An extremely serious consequence of metal toxicity, this term means that the muscle of the heart is no longer functioning as it should.
  • Problems with hearing, sight or cognition, dizziness, headaches
  • Peripheral neuropathy - This can cause a host of problems including numbness, tingling and tremors.
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Skin rashes

Our firm is actively investigating cases from a wide variety of hip implants made by Wright, Stryker, Biomet, DePuy, Zimmer, and other metal-on-metal implant manufacturers. Dreyer Boyajian LLP has been successfully representing clients in personal injury and products liability cases for over 30 years. We strive to provide our clients with the highest legal and ethical quality of representation. Our goal is simple - Getting you the justice that you deserve.

If you or a loved one has questions about a potential claim related to the Stryker or other metal on metal hip implant, please call us today to learn more about your legal rights at toll free 866-292-1582 or submit an online contact form.