Do you know about the Biomet Hip Recall? Alabama Biomet Recall Attorneys are representing recipients of the Biomet M2A Magnum Hip system that were injured from having this device implanted. This system involves a metal-on-metal hip replacement device that has been used in patients, many of whom are now reporting complaints with this implant. These complaints are suggestive of an earlier than predicted fail rate. Many patients who have received this device have reported issues such as dislocation, loosening, or failure of the implant due to a fault in design. Although the Biomet M2A Magnum hip device was marketed as a safe implant option, even as an advantageous one over other hip implant systems, these problems were allegedly known to device manufacturers according to recent allegations.
Problems with Biomet M2A Hip Implants
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made the public aware of the hip implant recall in September 2001 by Biomet as well as seven other medical device manufacturers. It was discovered that a component of these hip implant devices could fracture making another surgical replacement necessary. That component was the femoral head, the ball of the hip implant, that was made of zirconia ceramic. All hip implants with defective components that were made after January 1998 were recalled.
Metal Hip Metallosis
Recipients of a defective Biomet Magnum hip implant could experience a side effect called metallosis, which is caused by the friction of metal on metal. This friction sheds metal ions, which accumulates around the implanted joint into metal toxicity and can damage tissue and cause bone loss. Whereas typical hip implant devices are made of a mix of plastic and metal, Biomet Magnum is made of all metal parts, a metal taper insert, a metal femoral head and a metal acetabulum cup. When these metal components rub against each other, metal shavings are shed and collect, causing metal toxicity that involves serious symptoms such as loosening of the device, inflammation and metal poisoning. Other possible symptoms or problems include:
- Severe pain around the joint
- Walking difficulty
- Rash as a result of dying tissue
- Bone fractures
- Implant dislocation
- Nerve, muscle or tissue damage
Alabama Biomet Recall Attorneys
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury due to a defective Biomet Metal on Metal Hip replacement implant, you may be able to collect for damages such as pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills, present and future. Call our Alabama Biomet Recall Attorneys at Attorney Group for Alabama so we can determine if you have a valid claim. We will navigate you through the process with expertise and compassion to fight for your rights as a victim of a defective biomet recalled hip implant.