(PRWEB) April 30, 2013
Over 120,000 hip replacement operations take place annually according to Right Diagnosis. Hip replacement surgery is commonly used to alleviate pain and discomfort from hip arthritis that can impair daily activities. Metal on metal hip replacements are not new; they have been available for years, but as the technology involved has improved, so has the demand for this sturdier method.
McSweeney / Langevin has recently expanded its collection of information on metal on metal hip replacement problems, recalls, lawsuits and claims. The information provided is carefully groomed to be easy to read, navigate and most important of all, understand.
According to the FDA, recalls and warnings related to metal on metal hip replacements have been occurring since July 22, 2008 when Zimmer, manufacturer of a one-piece metal socket device that featured a plasma coating, issued notice that they were suspending sales of their “Durom Cup” component.
There are two types of metal hip replacement systems. As time goes on, both metal hip designs may degrade, causing small fragments. These fragments may enter the soft tissue of the body causing physical problems around the hip joint as the body fights these microscopic shavings with an immune response. Additionally, some patients may experience elevated cobalt and/or chromium levels in his or her blood. A detailed list of side effects can be found in the FDA's January 17, 2013 Metal-on-Metal Hip Safety Communication.
"Based on my conversations with hip replacement victims, the alleged failure of the metal-on-metal hip design is causing tremendous pain and anxiety to individuals and families across the United States," said Rhett A. McSweeney.
According to the January 17, 2013 United States Food and Drug Administration recall notice, over the last half decade, there have been several high profile recalls of metal on metal hip replacements. The legal aspect on metal on metal hip replacements can be a complicated and confusing situation to face for the patient. McSweeney / Langevin has gathered a comprehensive collection of information on metal on metal hip replacements to help educate patients that may need legal representation. Areas of information covered by McSweeney / Langevin include information on metal ions in the blood, possible symptoms of a faulty metal on metal hip replacement operation and steps that can be taken to correct the individual’s situation legally and medically.
According to David Langevin, “McSweeney / Langevin understands the importance of knowing the full situation that faces metal on metal hip replacement patients and families. This understanding is what drove us to collect the immense amount of information that we have compiled and made available free to the public on our website. McSweeney / Langevin is prepared to continue beyond simply providing information and is ready and able to represent individuals that have experienced pain and suffering and financial expense related to a defective metal on metal hip replacement.”
McSweeney / Langevin strongly urges recipients of a metal on metal hip replacements with legal questions to call 1-800-888-4425 for a free and confidential consultation.