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FDA urges hip replacement manufacturers to reconsider metal-on-metal

Posted on May 23rd, 2011 No Comments

This week, the Food and Drug Administration issued a request to around 20 “metal-on-metal” hip replacement manufacturers to reexamine the results of hip replacement surgeries involving their products.  The federal agency decided to issue the request after receiving several complaints from hip replacement patients about the all-metal replacements and the voluntary recall by DePuy Orthopaedics in April 2010.

Hip implants can be composed of many different materials including metals, plastics, and ceramics.  “Metal-on-metal” implants are distinct in that both the socket and the ball of the artificial hip joint are made of metal.  As the two parts rub together anytime the hip moves, tiny fragments of metal are released into the surrounding tissue and blood stream.  FDA officials are concerned that over time the metal being released into a hip replacement patient’s body could cause serious health problems including infections, allergic reactions, and necrosis.

If you or someone you know has developed health complications after having a DePuy hip replacement surgery, contact the DePuy hip recall attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187 to learn more about filing a DePuy hip replacement lawsuit.

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