Canadian Doctors Agree, Metal-on-Metal Implants Have Higher Failure Rates.

Another metal on metal implant complication has been documented in yet another country. A recent report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) sheds some interesting light on the topic on metal on metal implant revision.

The health authority suggests that people with a specific type of biomedical implants more likely to require a revision surgery in the first five years than patients with other models. While CIHI says that overall revision rates are low it does point out that large-diameter modular metal-on-metal implants had a 5.9% chance of needing an implant replacement, compared to the 2.7% chance of the traditional metal on plastic implants.

The data released by the Institute goes on to say what we have been saying for years. Most current metal-on-metal implants were fast tracked through the FDA and were expected to provide a better solution for younger, active patients. Unfortunately for a number of patients, this didn’t end up being the case. Patients with metal-on-metal implants have suffered from several symptoms in recent years. Metallosis, blood poisoning and over health issues can be caused by metal shavings building up in the joint tissue

Canadian medical experts pointed out that the major difference in failure rate between American and Canadian implants in recent years stems from an obvious source. Most likely due to the prevalence of metal-on-metal implants in the late 2000’s. Almost half of the male hip implants in the 2000’s were metal-on metal implants.

When companies like DePuy, Zimmer and Stryker release defective implants or initiate major recalls, many patients have no idea what recourse they have. A free consultation by a knowledgeable lawyer is usually a step in the right direction. The skilled team at Csengeri Law is standing by to offer advice, assistance and legal aid to the patients of defective and recalled metal-on-metal implants.

Another Metal Hip Implant Related Health Risk Has Been Reported.

Yet another metal on metal hip implant risk has been reported in the news recently. An ABC Good Morning America story recently caught our attention. Paula Spurlock, of Denver Colorado has manifested an overall allergic reaction to her metal hip implant.

Paula’s troubles began with an all over itching sensation, accompanied with pain all over her body. After being tested by an allergist with the standard battery of tests, the 50 year old Paula Spurlock was left with no answers. She suffered from the pain, itching and regular migraines for nearly two years before doctors discovered the potential that her metal hip implant was causing her symptoms.

Luckily for Paula, doctors ran a positron emission tomography (PET) test and happened to notice her hip lit up in the results. After more extensive skin tests, the source of the symptoms was determined. Paula was allergic to the cobalt in one of her two hip implants. In an interesting turn, Paula Spurlock has two hip implants of different make and manufacture, and only one of them gave her an allergic reaction.

In a similar turn as other defective metal implants, the nickel implant Paula had been outfitted with had abraded and left nickel shavings in the lining of her hip. Paula’s allergy may have been a blessing in disguise, as patients who do not show this allergy can suffer from metal build up until it causes blood poisoning. Like other metal on metal hip implants, Paula’s had no prior indicators that it may act as an allergen in patients.

This type of allergic reaction to metal on metal implants is a new development, but not surprising given the history of these implants. With FDA fast tracking protocols available, many implants are pushed onto the market with absolute minimal testing. Patients suffering from all manner of health issues due to defective, recalled and problematic implants are coming forward more and more regularly. Csengeri Law is here to help each and every one of them.

Csengeri Law is dedicated to helping victims of defective and recalled hip implants, as well as patients suffering from metal implant related complications. Steve Csengeri, the firm’s founder and chief legal advocate has devoted himself to defending patients of faulty implants. Csengeri Law offers free consultations to any patient with difficulties stemming from a metal on metal hip implant. Call (310) 862-2916 if you have questions about your rights regarding a metal hip implant.


Metal-on-Metal Hip Complications

Breaking Bio Medical News: MRI Procedures Reveal Metal-on-Metal Hip Complications.

In a huge new development for biomedical science, it appears that magnetic resonance imaging can detect complications due to metal-on-metal implant complications. A recent study that was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery concluded that MRI scans can detect the inflammation and damage surrounding a metal hip implant. In many cases, the MRI scan can detect the inflammation before a patient suffers from pain. In short, this means that hip replacement patients who are worried but not directly suffering have a new, safe alternative to test for potential implant related cell deterioration or damage.

The studied was started to measure how much synovitis related inflammation was suffered by different hip replacement patients. Using three groups of implant patients with varying levels of joint pain and functionality, the study carefully examined the inflammation of the joint and joint lining. Overall, the study showed 78% of sufferers with unexplained joint pain suffered from synovitis while 68% of patients without pain suffered inflammation of the joint lining. All of this inflamed tissue points to the same “adverse local tissue reaction” diagnosis that keeps popping up in metal-on-metal implant related lawsuits.

MRI scans have proven extremely effective for measuring and monitoring the synovitis and inflammation surrounding metal-on-metal implants. As the MRI can show tissue damage a patient may not know they are suffering from, it may prove extremely valuable to doctors that are proactively looking for implant failure. This type of testing could prevent patients from suffering the debilitating side effects of metal-on-metal implants like the Zimmer Durom Cup and the DePuy ASR hip replacement system. Both Zimmer and DePuy are facing numerous lawsuits in state, federal and district courts around the country regarding their implant systems.