On Friday, June 19th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a major recall of all Zimmer M/L Taper Femoral Stems and Necks. These metal-on-metal hip implants were manufactured and distributed to patients in need of hip replacement surgery between March 31 and April 20, 2015.
Zimmer, Inc. estimates that during this time, a total of 752 defective devices reached the market. While the company is now scrambling to compile a full list of the patients that received recalled devices, hundreds of patients of hip replacement surgery are now at risk. These Zimmer M/L Taper Femoral Necks and stems are being recalled due to dangerously high levels of manufacturing residue and “higher than allowed cytotoxicity levels found with the product.”
Once again, metal on a metal hip implant device is being recalled. Right now there are thousands of patients who have had metal hip implants and will require revision surgery to replace their defective hip implant.
The metal residue on these products is toxic and can cause severe side effects. The FDA warns that patients that received this metal-on-metal hip implant may require immediate revision surgery to remove the dangerous and defective technology.
According to the FDA, patients that received implants containing Zimmer M/L Femoral Stems and Necks with Konectiv Technology could suffer severe side-effects including:
- Allergic reactions
- Pain, redness or inflammation around the surgery site
- Tissue or blood infections consistent with Metallosis, a condition brought on by dangerous levels of metal residue in the bloodstream
This Zimmer recall is far from the first instance where a metal-on-metal hip implant was found to be harmful to patients. Other major recalls and lawsuits involving devices made by corporations including DePuy, Stryker, Smith & Nephew, and others, are ongoing. Some of these legal battles even involve multiple hip replacements models manufactured by the same company. When manufacturers create a product that is harmful to patients, they must be held responsible for their actions.
At this point, anyone considering receiving a metal-on-metal hip implant should seriously consider the risks of this type of medical device, and consult a medical professional on other options. Many patients that received this Zimmer technology may now be forced to undergo lengthy, expensive, and painful revision surgery to remove the harmful device. By spreading awareness about these potentially life-threatening products, we can help prevent future patients from suffering through multiple, unnecessary surgical procedures.
If you or a loved one received a Zimmer M/L Taper Femoral Neck or Stem with Kinectiv Technology and suffered through painful side-effects and/or revision surgery as a result, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The Product Liability attorneys at Graves McLain, Tulsa Personal Injury and Disability law firm, have represented many patients that were harmed by defective metal-on-metal hip implants.
In order to pursue legal action against the manufacturers of defective products, you need to act quickly.
Call Graves McLain at 918-359-6600 right away. When you call, you will speak with an experienced Defective Product and Hip Implant attorney for FREE. We will review the details of your case and help provide the answers you seek.
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