Metal-on-metal implants appear to run the highest risk of injury. They can cause musculoskeletal damage as over time they shed metal into the body. The tiny metallic fragments are extremely difficult to see and thus sometimes go untreated until they have already caused permanent damage.
Surgeons perform nearly 250,000 hip replacements each year, with about 1/3 using the metal-on-metal implants.
In response to this high volume of use and the thousands of complaints they’ve received already, the FDA has ordered manufacturers to study metal implants’ negative effects on the body and failure rates among patients.
Learn more from The New York Times, which reported over the weekend on this enormous safety risk and health care controversy.
If you’ve experienced an injury due to an implant, or even if you just have a metal-on-metal hip replacement but are not yet symptomatic, you may be entitled to compensation. Give us a call today to talk for free with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your situation.
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