How Do You Know If You Have a Recalled Hip Replacement?

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there have been several recalled hip replacement systems over the past few years. These devices have been found to either fail more quickly than other types of hip replacement systems or have reportedly caused other injuries to patients. Currently recalled hip replacements include:

  • DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System
  • Biomet M2a and Mallory-Head
  • Exactech Metal liner of R3 Acetabular System and Opteon
  • Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular Metal Liner and a limited number of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing systems
  • Stryker Orthopadics Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-neck hip systems, Omnifit and Sulzer Inter-Op Acetabular Shell
  • Wright Medical Technology Conserve Plus and Profemur Z Hip Stem

Prior to the initial surgery, doctors sometimes inform patients of the type and manufacturer of hip replacement device they will be using. Patients who do not know what type of hip replacement system they have can contact their doctor to determine the type of implant they have. The doctor may also have information on whether the device has been recalled.

Other Devices Reported, but not
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Other hip replacement systems have been reported to the FDA as causing adverse effects patients in Alabama and other states, although they have not been recalled by the manufacturer. This means that they are still being used and could cause injury to patients in Alabama and throughout the United States. These non-recalled devices include:

  • Biomet Taperloc
  • Centerpulse Orthadapt and Inter-Op
  • Corin Cormet 2000
  • DePuy AML, Pinnacle, Prodigy, S-ROM and Marathon
  • Encore Orthopedics Foundation, Linear and Revelation
  • Exactech Opteon
  • Smith & Nephew Duo, IVS Tunneler, TriGen Hip Nail and Synergy
  • Stryker Exeter, Crossfire and Triden Hemispherical SH
  • Wright Medical Technology Conserve Plus, Profemur Z Hip Stem, Perfecta, Dynasty and Metal Trascend
  • Zimmer VerSys and Longevity

With almost 500,000 patients receiving implants in 2011, many consumers are concerned about recalled hip implants. Metal-on-metal implants cause concern among doctors and consumers because they are recommended for use in younger, more active patients. In the devices reportedly failing soon after implant, many patients must undergo revision surgery, a procedure that is more complicated due to the removal of bone in the initial procedure. Patients also report revision surgery to be much more painful.

Metal-on-metal devices can also rub together during normal movement, causing metal fragments to be released into the hip joint. The fragments have reportedly been as large as two centimeters. When the fragments are released into the bloodstream, they can travel to other organs causing damage or cause patients to develop a type of metal poisoning known as metallosis.

In 2013, an Alabama man filed a lawsuit after receiving a hip replacement with a recalled device in 2010. By 2013, he had to undergo a revision after the device caused heavy metal poisoning, pseudotumors, inflammation and other health problems. In some states, including Alabama, doctors say they preferred metal-on-metal devices for younger patients as they were supposed to be more durable and reliable. However, court documents allege the manufacturers were aware of potential problems yet continued to promote the devices to physicians.

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