Biomet M2a Magnum Hip System Injuries
There are approximately 400,000 hip replacement surgeries performed worldwide each year, and among those hip replacement surgeries, the majority (85%) is performed on those who are 65 or older. Most patients receive the surgery as a result of osteoarthritis or inflammatory arthritis, while the remaining surgeries are largely performed because of injury sustained to the hip joint.
There are several different types of hip replacement options for surgery, including:
- Metal-on-plastic: This is placed with a metal hip-ball into a plastic socket/joint.
- Ceramic-on-plastic: This is placed with a ceramic hip-ball into a plastic socket/joint.
- Metal-on-metal: This is placed with a metal hip-ball into a metal socket/joint.
The metal-on-metal joints are used least often, but for good reason. Metal rubbing against metal can create friction, and in some cases can cause metal shards to wear off and get into the bloodstream of the patient. An estimated 500,000 people in the United States are currently living with metal-on-metal hip systems, 27% of all hip replacement patients.
One type of these hip replacement systems, the Biomet M2a Magnum, has been recalled because of an extremely high number of injuries associated with the system. So far, around 12,000 medical complications have been reported in conjunction with the Biomet M2a Magnum hip system and 650 lawsuits have been filed against Biomet in 2013 alone.
Friction from the metal-on-metal system creates shards that result in blood-poisoning and pseudotumors. In addition to these complications, metal ions from the systems can enter the liver, kidneys and spleen, causing serious organ damage. The FDA has warned against these metal-on-metal systems, stating they have a higher failure rate, and require more frequent replacements.
If you are experiencing pain or health complications that may be associated to your Biomet M2a Magnum hip system, give the lawyers of Wagner Reese a call for more information on how we can assist you. Our product liability lawyers have decades of experience in securing compensation for victims of cases just like this one. Call us today at (888) 204-8440 for more information on scheduling your free consultation and getting the compensation you deserve!