Consumer Alert: FDA Has Concerns About All Types of Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants

Traditional Metal-on-Metal (MoM) total hip replacement implants consist of a femoral head ball, femoral stem, and an acetabular cup - all made of metal materials. The FDA recommends that any MoM hip patient with pain in the groin, hip, or leg; swelling at or near the hip joint; or a limp or change in walking ability be evaluated by their orthopedic surgeon promptly due to unique risks of MoM implants.[1] Many studies report alarmingly high failure rates of MoM devices failures which may require early revision surgery following metal debris generation, metallosis, inflammation, and tissue damage.[2]  Litigation is proceeding against many MoM manufacturers in state and federal courts.  Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, L.L.P. is investigating and litigating cases involving the following hip implants:

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[1] U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Medical Devices: Concerns About Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Systems, available at
[2] See e.g., FS Haddad et. al, Metal-on-metal bearings: the evidence so far. J. Bone Joint Surg. [Br], 2011 May; 93(5):572-9; Hip Implant Complaints Surge, Even as the Dangers Are Studied, Aug. 22, 2011, available at

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