Do I Have a Personal Injury Lawsuit for Having a Biomet Hip ReplacementDo I have a personal injury lawsuit for having a Biomet hip replacement? If you are asking this question, it is most likely because you have had a Biomet hip replacement and have suffered harm and injury as a result of having this procedure.
Biomet is a medical device company that began in Indiana in 1977. Biomet manufactures products that mainly involve the musculoskeletal system of your body. These medical devices may be used with either surgical or non-surgical procedures.
Biomet specializes in knee and hip products, surgical products, extremity products, bone cement and accessories. At the present time, Biomet distributes products to around 90 countries.
Biomet promoted the metal-on-metal components of their M2a Magnum Hip System as having greater durability than other kinds of implant components. Biomet claimed that this hip replacement system had improved implant stability and greater resistance to wear.
However, researchers and an increasing number of people who have been injured by Biomet hip replacement, say that the companys metal devices do not live up to the marketing claims, and that they actually have an alarming risk of failure.
Metal devices like the M2a Magnum Hip System are still being sold in spite of concern that friction between the metal components may result in metal shards that harm tissues surrounding the device. Injured recipients of Biomet hip replacement have suffered from severe pain and additional costly, painful surgery that has not necessarily alleviated their pain and suffering.
In addition, there are other harmful side effects that have resulted from Biomet hip replacement with the M2a Magnum Hip System. Some of these are:
Pain - As mentioned above, pain is a very common complication. This is especially true in younger patients and is usually associated with indications of redness, swelling, warmth, inflammation and tenderness.
Dislocation and loosing - The surfaces of the M2a Magnum may wear down and loosen, which results in joint dislocation and complications.
Fractures - Your bone that tries to hold the hip replacement in place may weaken and fracture. This complication happens more frequently in post-menopausal women.
Metallosis (metal poisoning) - Metal particles are shed into your body. Metallosis or metal poisoning develops when toxic levels of metal accumulate in your body that can cause damage to your bone, tissue and nervous system. A recent study showed that almost all people who have had a metal-on-metal hip implant for 10 years are afflicted with severe metallosis.
Revision surgery after device failure - Several different complications may bring about the need for additional revision surgery. These include infection, recurrent hip dislocation and mechanical failure. In many instances, the revision surgery is more dangerous than the original surgery and causes more damage to the area of the implant.
Once again, if you have suffered harm and injury from having a Biomet hip replacement, such as the M2a Magnum Hip System, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury and suffering. The wise thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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