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What is the Status of Biomet Metal on Metal Hip Replacements | PA Law Blogs.

What is the Status of Biomet Metal on Metal Hip Replacements

As of February 2012 Biomet M2a-Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip replacement (Biomet hip replacement) has not been recalled. Yet, the absence of a medical device recall does not mean that patients and surgeons should accept a product’s safety without further examination.

Biomet Hip Replacement Has Similarities to Other Metal on Metal Hip Replacements

The FDA is currently reviewing the safety and effectiveness of all metal on metal hip replacements. As with other manufacturers’ metal on metal hip replacements, Biomet MoM devices work with metal balls that moves against metal cups. While metal on metal devices  were designed to improve wear and extend the life of a hip replacement device, there is some concern that metal on metal hip replacements may fail earlier than other types of hip replacements and put patients’ health at risk.

Concerns About Biomet Hip Replacements Have Been Raised

The safety of metal-on-metal hip replacement by Biomet has been questioned. The number of adverse reports concerning Biomet hip replacements has increased over the past few years. Additionally, lawsuits have been filed alleging that these metal on metal hip replacements are prematurely failing and putting patients in pain and/or at risk.

While the FDA and others continue to investigate the safety of Biomet hip replacements, and other types of metal on metal hip replacements, it is important to talk to your surgeon about the device that is right for you and about what to do if you experience any complications.