Last Wednesday, the FDA held a two-day meeting where it asked an 18-member panel to recommend guidelines for effectively monitoring more than a half-million U.S. patients with metal hip replacements.
Originally, metal hip replacements were marketed as a long-lasting alternative to older plastic and ceramic models. Recent research, however, suggested that the metal-on-metal hip replacements were more likely to deteriorate, causing patients to be exposed to high levels of chromium, cobalt and other metals. The FDA has received about 17,000 reports to the FDA of problems with metal hip implants, many which require surgery to correct the problem.
Most of the panelists said there were very few, if any, circumstances in which they would recommend implanting metal hip devices.
On Thursday, the panelists recommended that all patients who have metal-on-metal hip replacements should get regular X-rays to monitor the hip implants. If the patient experiences pain, they should get their blood tested for metal levels.
Metal-on-metal hip implants have been under scrutiny for some time now, with the DePuy hip replacement recall in 2010 and the Smith & Nephew metal hip liner recall in June of this year.
If you or a loved one has suffered after being implanted with a metal-on-metal hip implants, such as the DePuy Hip Replacement device or the Smith & Nephew metal hip liner, you may be eligible to pursue compensation through legal recourse.
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