Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Under More Scrutiny
Attention is intensifying yet again on faulty metal-on-metal hip replacement components.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to review the safety of metal-on-metal – or MoM – hip implants at the end of this month, according to CBC News.
Meanwhile, Smith & Nephew recently announced the voluntary withdrawal of it R3 metal liner, which is used in these devices. Although the issues with this product were different from those reported with similar devices, Smith & Nephew is now the fourth manufacturer to halt or recall a metal-on-metal hip replacement.
Research shows that the metal-on-metal hip implants, originally touted as being tougher than traditional metal-and-plastic models, are three times more likely to fail and can cause tissue damage around the joint, writes CBC News. Health regulators from around the world are now taking a harder look at these medical devices after reports of devastating adverse events from patients implanted with them.
In April, Health Canada issued a warning to the public about the metal-on-metal hip replacements saying they may loosen, cause pain, and trigger “soft tissue reactions.” In the U.S., the FDA said it is concerned about the products and has cautioned patients and doctors that “some tiny metal particles may wear off the device and enter the space around the implant.”
One June 26-27, the FDA will review the devices and seek expert opinions on “the risks and benefits,” based on the available science, according to CBC News.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a metal-on-metal hip replacement or another unsafe medical device, contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation. A product liability lawyer may be able to help you. For legal help, call (800) 581-6358.