New York Failed Implant Attorneys
Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP is currently investigating claims of metallosis due to the Emperion Modular Hip System manufactured by Smith & Nephew. In the Emperion system, the femoral component and the cup are made of metal (known as metal-on-metal hips). This means the debris from wear and tear will be primarily made of cobalt and titanium ions, which can cause metallosis.
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Effects of metallosis
In total hip replacement as well as hip resurfacing, particle debris from the cup and ball can lead to complications and implant failure. The surfaces of these two components rub against each other-the friction causing debris to be produced. Metallosis, in turn, is linked to several side effects, including:
- Severe joint pain
- Implant failure
- Implant loosening
- Tissue around the implant dying (local tissue necrosis)
- Deterioration of the bone around the implant
- Formation of cysts or pseudotumors
If the metal ions spread from the surrounding tissues into the blood, the blood ion levels can become too elevated-causing mental cognitive problems, emotional imbalance, severe headaches, and problems with the nervous system.
In addition to metallosis there are other complications that can develop from the Emperion Hip Implant.
- Heterotopic ossification: the process of bone forming outside of the skeleton. This means that soft tissue around the hip joint calcify and become stiff. Heterotopic ossification is considered one of the most common hip replacement complications, occurring in nearly 50% of patients.
- Avascular necrosis (or osteonecrosis): the metal cap that covers the femoral ball can, at times, reduce the amount of blood reaching the ball. If the bone is deprived of blood for an extended period of time, it will collapse and destroy the bone and limit the usage of the joint. Patients who receive a hip resurfacing (as opposed to a total hip replacement) are more at risk for avascular necrosis.
- Implant loosening: a component could become worn and loosen, or the cement may fail to hold the piece in place.
- Periprosthetic fractures: these can occur around the implant, causing it to fail. These fractures usually occur due to the bone around the implant being weakened by osteoporosis, medications, pressure from the implant, or even stress placed on the implant.
assistance for the injured
Victims of defective hip implants have suffered a serious breach of trust from the responsible manufacturers and, in some cases, their own doctors. Appropriate legal action can help them recoup financial losses so that they can receive the quality medical treatment they deserve.