Medical officials in the United Kingdom have been slower than their counterparts in the United States about getting out the message about the dangers of metal-on-metal hip implant systems.
The problem on this side of the pond is so severe and widespread that thousands of metal-on-metal implant systems have been filed in state and federal court systems and hip implant lawyers are busy accepting new cases involving failures of these medical devices and seeking compensation for the victims of these failures.
In addition, huge numbers of metal-on-metal systems have been recalled by their manufacturers and some companies have stopped making the devices because they are so susceptible to failure and the costs involved with settlements and jury awards to victims of dangerous side effects are so high.
The companies involved have been forced to defend themselves against allegations that they did not adequately test the devices and did not warn consumers about potential dangers. More metal hip implant information.
The allegations contained in these lawsuits claim that defective or poorly designed devices manufactured under the brands of DePuy, Biomet, Stryker, Rejuvenate and Prefemur, among others, have caused devastating health problems and, in many cases, victims have been forced to undergo second operations.
Among the side effects that have generally been caused by deterioration of metal components that free metal flakes into the victims’ bodies are severe infections, intense pain, bone damage, tissue deterioration and other problems that have also led to some reports of heart and nervous system failures, according to the allegations in these lawsuits.
These problems are now surfacing in increasing numbers among metal-on-metal hip implant victims in the United Kingdom. One report in the London Daily Telegraph was headlined “Faulty hip implants have ruined lives” and included the following information about a new problem with the devices:
“The Professor of Orthopaedic Engineering at Newcastle Hospital, Tom Joyce, has explained to the Telegraph why badly fitted or designed hip implants can be ‘devastating’ for patients.
Professor Joyce has seen many patients whose hip replacement prosthetics have not worked and have had to be taken out. He said:
‘Often, especially with these metal on metal hips, they have been in pain, there’s been swelling.’ He added: ‘You can get metal wear from the cup (the replacement socket for the hip) and the head (the new ball joint) and unfortunately we are just discovering that a third source of metallic wear can be inside where the head fits on the taper of the long stem (the piece of metal which is fixed to the leg).'”