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Metal-on-metal hip implants were once touted as a safe, effective and long-lasting treatment for hips that have been damaged by injury or some types of arthritis. These implants are supposed to last 10-15 years. Many patients receiving artificial hip implants are over the age of 55. But over time, these hip replacements can wear down, and patients that have received metal-on-metal implants, such as DePuy or Stryker models, can suffer a variety of painful side effects – some of which may start to manifest much earlier than they should. Unfortunately, many recipients of metal-on-metal hip implants may require revision surgery … Read More

Defects in metal-on-metal hip implants may not only cause physical pain, but also lead to psychological symptoms. These implants are used in total hip replacement surgeries as well as hip resurfacing surgeries. They often consist of ball-and-socket joins with both components made of metal. These types of implants are associated with a high risk of failure, leading to pain and potentially expensive medical bills. But did you know that undergoing a total hip replacement using a metal-on-metal hip implant could actually lead to neurological problems, including depression? Studies have shown that recipients of metal-on-metal hip implants who have been surveyed … Read More

Metal-on-metal hip implants can lead to a variety of injuries. But is there any way to predict which people are more likely to suffer problems caused by defective hip implants? According to a recently published Australian study, perhaps we can – by looking at a person’s genes. The award-winning research suggests that patients with a certain gene are more likely to suffer complications, including painful pseudotumors, from metal-on-metal hip replacements. The authors hope that this knowledge can be used to create a test that will help doctors choose the appropriate device for each individual patient. Identifying good candidates for different … Read More

In the past few months, several large hip manufacturers have announced global settlements programs in an effort to resolve thousands of lawsuits alleging that their hips were defective. In almost all of these cases, the amounts being offered by the defendants do not reflect the true settlement value of the cases. However, despite the small amounts being paid, most plaintiffs are settling their cases as part of these settlement program. In considering a settlement, here are important things to consider. The decision to settle your case is yours and yours alone. If you have an attorney that is telling you … Read More

Hi, Stuart Talley here, doing another update on the DePuy Pinnacle trial currently pending in Dallas, Texas. We are a couple weeks into the trial now. We have Dr. Pam Plouhar, head of clinical research at DePuy, on the stand today talking about a study and clinical trials that were done on the Pinnacle hip after it was released to the market. She was subjected to intense cross-examination by the plaintiffs’ attorney about the study and clinical trials.  In particular, there was an advertisement released by DePuy that was submitted to doctors, published by medical journals, and published in media directly … Read More