With Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Under Scrutiny, New Study Finds Patients Face Increased Stroke Risk Following Hip Replacement Surgery

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Bernstein Liebhard LLP continues to investigate metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits, as a new study finds that hip replacement patients face as much as a 4.7-fold increased risk of stroke in the weeks following their surgery.

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This new study is yet another reminder that hip replacement surgery poses serious risks that patients must discuss with their doctors.

As the scrutiny surrounding metal-on-metal hip implants continues to grow, a new study published online November 6th in the journal “Stroke” has found that hip implant patients face a significantly increased risk of stroke in the weeks following surgery, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. The study, which compared more than 66,000 people in Denmark who underwent total hip replacement to nearly 200,000 people who did not have the procedure, found that hip replacement patients faced a 4.4-fold increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke in the first two weeks after surgery, with the risk remaining higher for 12 weeks. The risk of ischemic stroke increased 4.7-fold in the first two weeks, and remained elevated for six weeks. Because the average age of patients in the study was 72, the study authors said their findings suggested that elderly people need to weigh the benefits of hip replacement against the risk of stroke.*

“This new study is yet another reminder that hip replacement surgery poses serious risks that patients must discuss with their doctors,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm that represents the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. 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 Lawsuits

Individuals who experienced metal-on-metal hip problems may file lawsuits against the devices’ manufacturers to seek compensation for their injuries. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is currently investigating potential lawsuits associated with the July 2012 Stryker recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, as well as the Biomet M2a Magnum hip implant and Wright Profemur and Conserve metal hip implants. In addition, the firm is actively filing claims on behalf of people allegedly injured by the DePuy ASR hip implant and the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement device. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is also closely following developments in the June 2012 Smith & Nephew metal liner recall.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants, amid concerns that metal particles shed by such devices can cause an adverse local tissue reaction in the area surrounding the implant. 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.**

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 a metal-on-metal hip implant 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 http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/, or by calling one of our attorneys at 1-877-779-1414 today.

*stroke.ahajournals.org/content/early/2012/11/06/STROKEAHA.112.668509.abstract
**fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241604.htm

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
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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