Parker McDonald Concerned Over Recent British Study Connecting Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants to Increased Cancer Risks

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A recent British study connects metal-on-metal hip implants to cancer risks.

Parker McDonald, P.C., a Texas law firm representing hundreds of patients who received DePuy metal-on-metal hip implants, is concerned of suggested early findings from a British study on the effects of metal-on-metal hip implants reported by The Telegraph on January 28th, 2012. According to the article, the British study is thought to suggest that metal particles from metal implant devices may increase the risk of cancer and genetic damage. The study included 72 patients, 17 of which experienced genetic damage to the bladder, and three patients developed “full blown” cancer.

Metal-on-metal devices can create metal toxicity or metal ion debris due to wear from the metal cup and metal ball rubbing against each other. These ions may destroy surrounding tissue, bone, and muscle. The report released last week on the British study implies that these metal ions can cause major organ damage and increase the risk of cancer. According to the proposed study, in the article, it detected changes to cells in the bladders of more than one in five patients who were monitored after receiving metal-on-metal hip implants.

The DePuy metal-on-metal hip implant U.S. recall in August of 2010 created heightened scrutiny over the materials used in replacement hips. Manufacturers have used metal, ceramic and plastic pieces to construct the ball-and-socket structure. The metal-on-metal combination was marketed to be more durable, but high failure rates and metal toxicity has compromised the health of thousands of patients.

In May of last year, the FDA issued 145 orders for post market surveillance studies to 21 manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip systems, including Zimmer Holdings, DePuy, Wright Medical, Biomet, and Smith & Nephew. According to the FDA, data from the studies conducted will enable the agency to better understand metal-on-metal devices and their safety profiles.

If you or a loved one has a DePuy ASR or Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant you may have a claim against the manufacturer, contact Parker McDonald today. Visit for more information on the defective hip implants, symptoms, and how to process a legal claim.

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