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July 23, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a safety communication to the public regarding the dangers of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. These devices have been shown to prematurely wear out, which can result in serious adverse health effects for patients with the implants.

A metal-on-metal hip replacement device consists of a ball and socket joint implanted into the patient’s body. But as the ball rubs against the walls of the socket, it can cause small metal shavings to come off of the device. These shavings can be absorbed into the body.

Patients may experience irritation, swelling, and pain at the surgical site. A more serious condition, called metallosis, can occur when toxic levels of certain heavy metals are absorbed into the blood stream.

These problems have led to the Stryker® Hip Recall and similar actions with several DePuy hip replacement products as well.

An FDA Press Release warned of these problems and outlined action that has been taken by the agency. However, the some of these products are still on the market. That’s why the agency issued the release offering several tips to medical professionals about how to determine if a metal-on-metal device is the right fit for a patient.

The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are here to answer any questions an individual may have if they were harmed by a metal-on-metal hip replacement device.