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2012 – Very high rate of pseudotumors seen with metal-on-metal hip replacements

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In a 2012 study appearing in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research titled “Pseudotumors are common in well-positioned low-wearing metal-on-metal hips.”, AK Matthies et al. write “Pseudotumors are sterile inflammatory lesions found in the soft tissues surrounding metal-on-metal (MOM) and metal-on-polyethylene hip arthroplasties. In patients with MOM hip arthroplasties, pseudotumors are thought to represent an adverse… Continue Reading

2010 – Pseudotumors, high metal ion levels associated with metal-on-metal hip replacements

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A 2010 article published in Journal of Orthopaedic Research by YM Kwon et al. titled “Lymphocyte proliferation responses in patients with pseudotumors following metal-on-metal hip resurfacing arthroplasty.” studied “the incidence and level of metal-induced systemic hypersensitivity in patients” who underwent metal-on-metal hip resurfacing arthroplasty (MoHRA), “both with and without pseudotumor by measuring lymphocyte proliferation responses… Continue Reading

2013 – Pseudotumors linked to metal-on-metal hip arthroplasty

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In 2013, a paper published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research titled “The natural history of inflammatory pseudotumors in asymptomatic patients after metal-on-metal hip arthroplasty.” by SA Almousa et al. provides background for itself, stating in part “Although pseudotumors have been reported in 32% of asymptomatic metal-on-metal hips, the natural history of asymptomatic pseudotumors is… Continue Reading

2013 – Many metal-on-metal hip replacement patients suffer adverse reactions to metal debris

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An article appearing in the May, 2013 edition of Orthopedics titled “Prevalence of adverse reactions to metal debris following metal-on-metal THA.” by M. Hasegawa et al. lives up to its title and aimed to “determine the prevalence of adverse reactions to metal debris (ARMD) following large-diameter metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasty.” In recent years, a number… Continue Reading

2007 – 66% and 76% of Patients Face LAP-BAND Complications

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We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device… Continue Reading

2002 – LAP-BAND Reoperation Rate 35%

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We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device… Continue Reading

2005 – 10% LAP-BAND Explantation Rate Seen in Teenagers

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We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device… Continue Reading

2006 – 17% of Gastric Banding Patients Required Reoperation

Posted in Allergan LAP-BAND

We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device… Continue Reading

2006 – Causes for LAP-BAND reoperation detailed by study

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We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device… Continue Reading

2006 – LAP-BAND has worse outcomes than gastric bypass

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We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device… Continue Reading

2008 – Study shows smaller metal-on-metal hip replacements cause smaller increase in blood metal ion levels

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In a 2008 article published by J. Antoniou et al. in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery titled “Metal ion levels in the blood of patients after hip resurfacing: a comparison between twenty-eight and thirty-six-millimeter-head metal-on-metal prostheses.”, the authors write “Metal ion toxicity, metal hypersensitivity, and metal carcinogenicity are causes for concern for patients… Continue Reading

2011 – Metal ion levels “significantly higher” in metal-on-metal hip replacements at 24 months

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In a 2011 report by JM Smolders et al. published in Acta Orthopaedica titled “Metal ion levels and functional results after either resurfacing hip arthroplasty or conventional metal-on-metal hip arthroplasty.”, a team of medical researchers aimed to determine whether larger cup sizes in metal-on-metal hip replacements led to higher levels of metal ions in the… Continue Reading

2011 – Study Shows: 12% of DePuy ASR XL hip replacements fail by 2 years

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In 2011, a paper titled “Early failure of articular surface replacement XL total hip arthroplasty.” in The Journal of Arthroplasty by GD Steele et al., stated “The ASR (articular surface replacement) XL (DePuy, Warsaw, Ind) metal-on-metal hip arthroplasty offers the advantage of stability and increased motion. However, an alarming number of early failures prompted the… Continue Reading

“Out of joint: The story of the ASR” – British Medical Journal

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In 2011, Deborah Cohen, investigations editor for the British Medical Journal wrote a piece called “Out of joint: The story of the ASR,” which chronicles the ill-fated history of the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement systems.  Illuminating the depth and breadth of lack of concern for patient well-being at DePuy, I encourage you to read… Continue Reading

2011 – More research associates pseudotumors with metal-on-metal hip replacements

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A 2011 article by YM Kwon et al. titled “‘Asymptomatic pseudotumors after metal-on-metal hip resurfacing arthroplasty: prevalence and metal ion study.” published in The Journal of Arthroplasty cites that “Symptomatic abnormal periprosthetic soft-tissue reactions (“pseudotumors”) have been reported after metal-on-metal hip resurfacing arthroplasty (MoMHRA).” Accordingly, the aims of this study were twofold: “(1) to determine… Continue Reading

2011 – Researchers link metal-on-metal hip replacements and pseudotumors

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In a 2011 article by NP Hailer et al. titled “Elevation of circulating HLA DR(+) CD8(+) T-cells and correlation with chromium and cobalt concentrations 6 years after metal-on-metal hip arthroplasty.” published in the medical journal Acta Orthopaedica, researchers state “Following metal-on-metal hip arthroplasty (THA), immunological reactions including changes in lymphocyte populations, aseptic loosening, and lymphocytic… Continue Reading

2011 – Study Shows: “Cup inclination, version angles” influence metal ion levels in metal-on-metal hip replacement

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In a 2011 report by AJ Hart et al. published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, researchers write “Many factors affect the blood metal ion levels after metal-on-metal (MOM) hip arthroplasty” and “The main surgically adjustable variable is the amount of coverage of the head provided by the cup which is a function of the… Continue Reading