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.