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There are many concerns for the hundreds of thousands of people who have had hip replacement surgeries using the metal-on-metal (MoM) replacement hips. With a recall announced by yet another company who makes these products, it seems to be just the tip of the iceberg. Biomet, DePuy and now Stryker have all had recalls issued for similar devices, but are these recalls too late for the patients who already have them in their bodies? With almost 17,000 complaints already logged to the FDA about adverse reactions to MoM devices, the problem seems to be getting worse.

FDA Studying Metal on Metal Hip Safety


The basics behind the medical problems associated with MoM’s are that metal particles that are released as the bearing surfaces wear over time. All hip replacements, regardless of material, wear and release particles into the body. However, the concern with MoM devices is that these particles, primarily chromium and cobalt, may cause immediate and possible long-term health problems. Some of the problems the FDA reported in a memorandum for the meeting scheduled in June 2012 for the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Advisory Panel on MoM include:

  • Bone Osteolysis. In hip replacement, this is the bodies attempt to eliminate particles from wear that causes an autoimmune reaction. This reaction can cause the body to absorb living bone tissue that can lead to bone weakening and cause the implant to loosen.
  • Aseptic lymphocytic vasculitis-associated lesions (ALVAL). This is a fairly newly coined medical term and is also described as “pseudotumors”.  These are soft tissue masses that form around the MoM implant site and may be caused by hypersensitivity to the metal particles.

Adverse Tissue Reactions from Metal Particles

The FDA termed these reactions “adverse local tissue reactions (ALTR)” or “adverse reaction to metal debris (ARMD)”. They are associated with joint pain, implant loosening, device failure, and the need for revision surgery with the MoM hip replacement.

The FDA panels finding at the June 2012 meeting point to ongoing research to standardize testing for metal in the patients as well as asking the manufactures of MoM implants to do more safety testing. However, the panel chair, Dr. William Rohr of Mendocino Coast District Hospital, was quoted “I do not use metal-on-metal hips, and I can see no reason to do so.” It was also speculated that the panel agreed that there were few, if any, cases that they would recommend implanting the MoM devices.

For the estimated 500,000 Americans that have already had MoM hip replacements, the panels, research, recalls and recommendations may be too late. These products are not tires or household appliances that can be easily recalled and returned to the manufacture. Removing the device requires a painful surgery and many patients still report pain even after the device is removed. The long-term effects these devices will have on the patients with adverse reactions are still unknown.

Attorneys for patients with a Stryker & other metal hip devices

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers remains at the forefront of the metal-on-metal hip device litigation.  Our team of hip defect attorneys is reviewing all metal hip cases and is willing to see that you receive the justice that you deserve for your injuries.  We offer free consultations and never charge a fee without a recovery for our clients.  All of our clients receive personalized legal service from attorneys and are never simply a number serviced by support staff.

Metal-on-metal hip replacements are on top of the recall list again. Stryker Orthopedics has decided to voluntarily recall its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. These items are part of the class of metal-on-metal hip replacements that have been under fire the last few years for issues with metal shavings and corrosion that can cause muscle and tissue damage.

Stryker Added To Growing Recall List

Stryker is only the most recent recall issued in these types of hip replacements. DePuy’s ASR and Biomet’s M2a-Magnum have already been recalled and are now facing lawsuits for damages caused by their products. Although Stryker has voluntarily recalled its products, all seem to be having similar issues.

Metal-on-metal hip replacements, which were touted to last longer than the plastic or ceramic varieties, are instead being replaced sooner. Originally thought to last twenty years, they are replaced at 2-3 times the rate of the plastic/metal or ceramic/ceramic counterparts according to the National Joint Registry of England and Wales in the first five years. Some surgeons at Mayo Clinic in the U.S. have already reduced their use of metal-on-metal hip replacements by 80%.

Abrasion And Corrosion Blamed

In the metal-on-metal hip replacement recalls, the same issue seems to be the leading cause of concern. The metal components wear and release shavings, or corrosion, that can cause muscle damage and possibly other issues. Inflammation, pain and swelling are common around the corrosion area and there is speculation that the metal particles from chromium and cobalt can even enter the blood stream and be toxic. Much is still being learned about the long-term effects these metals may have on muscle, tissue, organs, bones and overall life quality.

Stryker Hip Recall Information

Stryker has put information on their website regarding the recall of these two products. You can read more about the recall at http://www.aboutstryker.com/modularneckstems. They are assuring people who have had these products implanted that the percentage of people with issues are low. However, if you are experiencing any pain, swelling or discomfort around the hip replacement area, you should see your surgeon to discuss options. If you recently have had a hip replacement but do not know what was used, contact your doctor or surgeon to find out what brand and type was used.

These finding have mainly come to light in the last few years, although concern over metal-on-metal hip replacements has been being studied for quite some time. A report back in 2006 on Sikomet metal-on-metal hips that had been removed within seven years after surgery found the same issue as “possibility of a hypersensitivity-like immunological response to wear particles”.  These hips had been in use since the 1990’s.

There will undoubtedly be more information to come on the topic of metal-on-metal hip replacements and possible health issues attributed to them. For those who already have had these products surgically put into their body, they can only hope they are not among the ones who are affected.

Free legal consultation for patients with Stryker products

If you have a Stryker hip product and are looking for candid answers about the status of the recall and pending legal claims, we invite you to contact our office for a free legal consultation to discuss your legal rights.  You’ve got no obligation to retain our office for your case. (888) 424-5757