People who have had Biomet M2A Magnum hip replacement and suffered from side effects may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Like other metal hip implants that were questioned in the past such as the DePuy ASR, M2A Magnum has been scrutinized due to its high failure rate and debilitating effects.
In 2004, the FDA approved the product to be used as a hip implant through the 510(k) process that has also been widely criticized. Products approved through 510(k) can be released on the market without clinical testing. Other hip replacement products have also gone through the same process, but almost all of them have been recalled. Because of this, M2A was not carefully tested, and it was later found to have caused the following adverse effects.
M2A Side Effects
- Hip revision surgery
- Loosening of the implant
- Metal poisoning
- Difficulty walking and standing
- Unexplained hip pain
- Soft tissue damage and inflammation
- Bone damage
- Non-cancerous tumors
The device was designed to correct hip problems. Its manufacturer created M2A Magnum as a metal on metal hip replacement prosthesis. While Biomet produced similar devices made of plastic and ceramic, the M2A Magnum line is all metal. Its three metal components include the acetabulum cup, taper insert and metal femoral head.
The problem occurs when the three parts rub each other. With this, microscopic metal shavings are created inside the body. When they are released, the antibodies’ normal response is to attack the unknown components. This leads to inflammation. The worst possibility for patients is metal hip poisoning.
Studies found that many patients with M2A Magnum hip replacements needed to have revision surgery a few years after the implant. The hip implants were supposed to last for more than 15 years. About 6 percent of implants failed in the first five years compared to ceramic devices at 2.3 percent and 1.7 percent for plastic devices. Patients were found to have problems associated with loosening, device failure and dislocation.
Research says that the M2A Magnum is no different than traditional hip replacement products. It actually carries a greater risk of infection that leads to revision surgery then the older versions because of its all-metal components. The metallic debris created causes a lot of problems. Metal poisoning or metallosis leads to device failure and severe debilitating pain. It is not only harmful to the areas around the implant. This can affect the whole body as metal debris can travel through the bloodstream.
Device failure often leads to swelling at the implant site and hip pain. When patients feel like the device is unstable and becoming loose, the device may be displaced. This means they may have difficulty walking and standing. In addition, the device tends to produce a clicking sound when they walk. When this happens, revision surgery is needed.
Biomet M2A Implant Lawsuits
According to the complaints and lawsuits raised against Biomet, the manufacturer already knows about the problems with the device. However, they continue to produce and sell them while saying that it is safe and effective. Instead of having these products recalled, the manufacturer markets the device and claims it is better than its competitors. With this, many patients have already filed a lawsuit to be compensated for damages.
Hip revision surgery is very costly. It is also a major procedure that may require patients to temporarily stop working. With this, the patient loses income and has to pay for medical bills. If all the pain, suffering and financial loses are found to come from the M2A implant, the patient deserves to be compensated.
On October 3, 2012, all M2A hip implant lawsuits have been centralized by a federal judicial panel order. About 70 lawsuits have been transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
On December 5, 2012, another patient filed a case against the manufacturer claiming that the product is defective. Should the patient win the case, they will be entitled to compensation for lost wages, past, present and future medical expenses, pain and suffering and disability costs. However, not all patients with M2A Magnum hip replacement implants are qualified for these claims. They have to prove that their losses are directly caused by the implant’s side effects. With this, it is important that they find a good lawyer to present their case. They have to choose one who specializes in this area. Doing so allows them to determine if they have a strong case.
The Bottom Line
The FDA has already recalled about 21 metal hip replacement devices. All of them were found to have the same side effects as the M2A Magnum. Patients sue Biomet for not warning patients about the implant’s side effects. Patients who have suffered from the product’s adverse effect should fight for their right to be compensated for both their tangible and intangible losses.
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If you or someone you love has suffered from complications due to a defective hip implant, you should contact our team of medical device litigation attorneys for a free consultation by calling 1-800-677-3784 or using the contact form below.