Biomet M2a-Magnum Hip Replacement System Defects
The DePuy hip implants and Stryker hip implants that have been recalled by the FDA may be the major newsmakers, but those are not the only hip replacement systems that use the flawed "metal on metal" design. Another manufacture, Biomet, has quietly been emerging on the litigation scene as well.
Currently, multidistrict litigation is pending against Biomet and its M2a-Magnum metal-on-metal hip implant in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. The lawsuits against Biomet allege, among other things, that the M2a-Magnum sheds metal particles into the recipients' bodies' soft tissues and bloodstream leading to metallosis (high levels of metal in the bloodstream), early failure of the implant system requiring risky revision surgery, pain and swelling in the joint and difficulty walking.
Have you or a loved one been injured by a defective Biomet M2a-Magnum hip implant? Learn if you have a case by calling Strong Law Offices at 1-800-234-0090 for a free consultation. From our law offices in Peoria, our lawyers represent clients across Illinois who have been injured by defective medical devices.
How Are Biomet M2a Hip Implants Defective?
Much like the recalled DePuy and Stryker devices, the Biomet M2a-Magnum uses chromium and cobalt in the composition of its implant device. Specifically, the head of the implant and the ball and socket components are both made of metal.
When the two metal components rub together, tiny pieces of the metal are shed off into the patient's body tissue and bloodstream. This shedding can cause the device to become unstable and loose, but more importantly, the entry of the hard metals into the body can cause metal poisoning. These factors put the patient at unreasonable risk to his or her health.
The M2a line of Biomet's metal-on-metal hip systems includes the M2a-Magnum, the M2a-38 and the M2a-RingLoc implants. The M2a line was marketed to younger patients, and touted patients returning to an "active lifestyle" after receiving the implant.
One of the problems lies therein: The implants have a larger head diameter allowing for greater range of motion; however, that comes with the downside that the large diameter means more surface area rubbing together within the implant, and more metal shedding into the body.
Can I Bring a Claim Against Biomet?
There are already numerous claims filed, and the number is expected to grow considerably as more patients' implants begin to fail, and the incidence of metallosis becomes more clear.
Please feel free to contact the experienced attorneys at Strong Law Offices with your questions or concerns regarding the Biomet metal-on-metal hip implant, the Biomet litigation, and your potential rights against the manufacturers for personal injuries you or a loved one has sustained because of receiving a Biomet M2a-Magnum hip replacement system.
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