Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implants Cause Increased Disappointment

October 11, 2012

Another Metal on Metal Hip Replacement Disappointment

Metal on Metal hip replacements are rapidly gaining a faulty reputation, as too often patients report early failure and replacement of these devices. Many of the large manufacturers of these hips are pulling these devices off the market, as world-wide scrutiny of these types of hip replacements continues to grow. Although it was once thought to be a superior hip replacement choice, the Biomet M2a Magnum hip is one of the metal on metal hip replacements now surrounded by an alarming number of increasing complaints.

Since it was introduced to the market in the early 2000s, the FDA has received over 450 adverse event complaints related to Biomet M2a Magnum hip, the majority of which have been reported in the last couple of years. While the typical hip replacement device is expected to last 15 years to a lifetime, a 2011 Report from the Australian National Joint Registry reported a revision rate of 7.2% for this device after just seven years. It appears the Biomet Magnum is yet another metal on metal hip device associated with increased risks of pain, loosening and popping of the device, premature revision surgery, and metallosis (the body's reaction to the metal debris caused by the wear of the metal hip components).

As the number of lawsuits related to the Biomet Magnum hip gains national momentum, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued an order in October 2012 to consolidate and centralize the pre-trial proceedings of some of these cases in federal district courts. The Biomet Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) has been assigned to the Honorable Robert L. Miller, Jr. in the Northern District of Indiana. Additional cases have been filed in various state courts, which will continue to go forward on their own accord.

The creation of the Biomet MDL represents yet another MDL related to metal on metal hip implant devices. Various other MDLs relating to these devices are currently underway involving the DePuy ASR, the DePuy Pinnacle, the Wright Conserve, and the Zimmer Durom hip implants. If you have had a Metal on Metal hip replacement and are experiencing any problems with this implant, we welcome you to contact Padilla Law Group, LLP for a free legal consultation. For more information concerning the Biomet Magnum hip device, please see our website.