Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Study Finds Metal Ions Trigger Painful Immune Reaction, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

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According to a new study from the University of New Castle, the shedding of metal ions from metal-on-metal hip implants can activate an immune system component, which in some metal-on-metal hip replacement patients, will trigger a painful reaction and lead to revision surgery.

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This is just the most recent study to confirm the significant risks associated with metal-on-metal hip replacements,

Researchers at the University of New Castle in the U.K. may have discovered the reason behind the pain and suffering experienced by some recipients of metal-on-metal hip implants, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to a report from The Northern Echo, researchers there have determined that the shedding of metal ions from metal-on-metal hip implants may be mistaken by the immune system for bacteria. As such, the immune system triggers a component called Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), which results in a secretion of chemicals that can cause inflammatory lesions – pseudo tumors - around the joint. Writing in the Annals of Rheumatology Research, the New Castle University scientists asserted that the findings provide the first explanation for the chronic inflammation and tissue damage that is seen in some patients with failed metal-on-metal hip implants.*

“This is just the most recent study to confirm the significant risks associated with metal-on-metal hip replacements,” says Bernstein Liebhard, a nationwide law firm representing clients who sustained injuries from a variety of metal-on-metal hip systems. The Firm is currently offering free and confidential lawsuit reviews to individuals who suffered serious complications, including metal poisoning, due to metal-on-metal hip implants.

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Dangers
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. According to the agency, metal particles shed by such devices can result in an adverse local tissue reaction that causes damage to bone and/or tissue surrounding the implant and joint. As a result, the implant can become loose or cause pain, leading to revision surgery. There are also some case reports in the literature of patients in which high levels of metal ions in the bloodstream may have caused other types of symptoms or illnesses elsewhere in the body, including effects on the heart, nervous system, and thyroid gland, according to the FDA.**

Individuals who experienced metal-on-metal hip problems may file lawsuits against the devices’ manufacturers to seek compensation for their injuries. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively filing cases involving the DePuy ASR hip implant and the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip system. The firm is also investigating cases concerning the Biomet M2a Magnum hip implant, as well as Wright Profemur and Conserve metal hip implants. In addition, Bernstein Liebhard LLP is closely following developments of the June 2012 Smith & Nephew metal liner recall and the July 2012 Stryker recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free lawsuit consultations to anyone injured as a result of a metal-on-metal hip replacement device. Individuals who have endured hip implant failures, metallosis, pain, or revision surgery due to one of these devices may be entitled to compensation for their medical care, pain and suffering, and other damages. A wealth of information about metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits is available at Bernstein Liebhard’s website , or by calling one of our attorneys at 1-877-779-1414 today.


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Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List,” recognizing the top plaintiffs’ firms in the country, for the past 10 consecutive years.

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