Metallosis is a type of metal poisoning that can occur following treatment with a metal-on-metal hip implant, like those offered by Biomet Orthopedics for hip replacement surgery. This medical condition occurs when the metal parts of the implant rub against one another and shed tiny metal particles that can build up in the blood or surrounding tissues over time. Metallosis was first identified when DePuy Orthopedics (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) recalled a set of hip implants several years ago. When metallosis occurs, the buildup of metal elicits a response from the immune system, which can cause the area to become inflamed. Treatment of metallosis usually requires surgical removal of the Biomet hip implant in order to avert the further deposition of metal in the body.
Metallosis can manifest itself in a variety of ways; some of the most common indicators of metal build up following treatment with a Biomet hip implant include:
Pain or inflammation around the hip implant
Buildup of fluid near the implant (looks like a tumor)
Skin rash or discoloration (happens as a result of the metal killing the tissue)
Elevated levels of metal in the blood (cobalt and/or chromium)
Loosening or displacement of the implant
When metallosis or any other complication related to hip replacement surgery is suspected, it is important to get medical attention right away. Only a doctor is qualified to identify and/or diagnose this condition. Promptness in seeking medical attention can also greatly increase a patient’s chance for success.
Many patients dissatisfied with the complications they experience due to their Biomet hip implant make the decision to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. A Biomet hip implant or metallosis is filed on the basis that the manufacturer could have or should have been aware of its device potential harm and failed in its duty to correspondingly alert and warn consumers. The financial settlement that can occur from a lawsuit is often very helpful in financing the necessary
Have you been treated with a Biomet (or other) hip implant and experienced metallosis and/or other complications following surgery? Did you require a revision surgery within only a few years of receiving a hip replacement? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may be eligible for a monetary settlement through a Biomet hip implant lawsuit. Call the Willis Law Firm today in order to discuss your legal options. We are currently accepting hip implant cases regarding the following companies on a national scale: Biomet, Zimmer, Wright, and DePuy. Call us today and let us help you get the money that you may be entitled to.