The MRI procedure focused on tissue damage may be a huge breakthrough for recipients of a metal on metal hip implant, and determining if the type of hip implant is going to prematurely fail
(PRWEB) August 20, 2013
The US Drug Watchdog has been encouraging recipients of a all metal hip implant to get a simple blood test, that has been designed to measure for elevated levels of cobalt, and chromium for over a year. The group is now also suggesting a MRI procedure, that is focused on tissue inflammation in the area of the hip implant, because this might be as good, or even better than a blood test, when it comes to detecting a premature failure of a all metal hip implant.
According to Science Daily on May 15th 2013, "Metal-on-metal hip implants can cause inflammation of the joint lining (synovitis) long before symptoms appear, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to identify this inflammation, according to a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery. The study, which appears in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, demonstrates that MRI can be used to identify implants that are going to fail before people become symptomatic."
The US Drug Watchdog says, "The MRI procedure focused on tissue damage may be a huge breakthrough for recipients of a metal on metal hip implant, and determining if this type of hip implant is going to prematurely fail. Hip implant revision surgery could cost over $50,000, and we do not want one recipient left holding the bag, if lawsuit settlements could at least pay for a hip implant replacement, and post operative therapy. We intend to dramatically increase our initiatives designed to help identify more victims of a metal on metal hip implant premature failure, because there are now deadlines, that could preclude a recipient from getting compensated at all." For more information metal on metal hip implant recipients are encouraged to call the US Drug Watchdog at 866-714-6466.
The US Drug Watchdog says, "Litigation involving metal on metal hip implants prematurely failing include the following manufacturers:"
- DePuy Pinnacle Case Number U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244
- DePuy ASR Case Number Ohio Southern Federal District Court Case Number MDL No. 2197AAJ
- Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Stem Failure Teleseminar: Metallosis with No Metal on Metal Articulation will address the issues surrounding the latest hip replacement systems recall. On July 6, 2012 Stryker issued a voluntary recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems in the United States
- Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Case No. 3:12-cv-3476) filed on July 2nd 2012
- Zimmer Durom Cup Product Liability mass tort litigation, MDL NO. 2158 (SDW), which is pending in the federal District Court in New Jersey (time frame 2006-July 2008)
- Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
The US Drug Watchdog says, "One of the biggest problems we have with respect to our failed medical device or recalled drug initiative work is the average US consumer never hears about a drug recall or failures involving medical devices like metal-on-metal hip implants. If you have a friend, or loved one who is a recipient of a metal-on metal hip implant that has already failed, or is showing symptoms of a failure, or a recipient is concerned about a premature failure, please call us anytime at 866-714-6466. We want to make certain all metal-on-metal hip implant recipients get meaningful help, and assistance." http://USDrugWatchdog.com
For more information about a MRI and tissue inflammation with a metal on metal hip implant we have attached a link to the May 15th 2013 Science Daily news article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130515151436.htm