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Defective Medical Device Attorney in Pennsylvania

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Doctors and other health care professionals use medical equipment to help people in need. Yet, many medical-related products on the market have proven to be dangerous to consumers due to defects, lack of testing or general negligence on the part of the manufacturer. Some products that have been linked to unwanted side effects and injuries include hip and knee replacement implants, surgical mesh products, and different types of birth control devices. Any medical device or equipment that causes injury to the consumer in the normal course of use may be considered defective.

DePuy hip replacements

Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics division announced a recall of two hip repair devices on Aug. 26, 2010: DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing system and DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System. The DePuy artificial hip recall included 93,000 ASR hip implant systems. DePuy reported that the recall was issued after an unusually high number of patients who received the ASR hip system experienced pain and other symptoms and needed revision surgery. DePuy said data shows that one in eight patients who received either ASR hip system needed to have a revision surgery.

The following are symptoms that may indicate a serious problem:

  • Pain
  • Fractures
  • Walking problems
  • Loosening of the implant

Any hip implant patients experiencing adverse symptoms should contact their doctors immediately. Even if you are not experiencing any painful symptoms, if you had hip surgery after 2003, you should make an appointment with your surgeon who can determine if your device is working properly. According to information posted on its website, DePuy says a scan or X-ray of the hip may be required as well as a blood test. If the doctor detects a serious problem, a second surgery may be needed to replace your implant.

12 percent of patients who received the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and 13 percent who received the ASR XL Acetabular System needed corrective surgery within five years, which reportedly is a failure rate twice as high as the industry average. DePuy has notified the Food and Drug Administration about the product recall.

For those who need services associated with the recall, DePuy will cover "reasonable and customary costs of monitoring and treatment." Before accepting any compensation or entering into an agreement regarding a DePuy artificial hip, it's imperative that you consult with an attorney. At Metzger Wickersham, we are prepared to analyze your case and recommend the best course of action, which may mean pursuing a lawsuit.

IVC filters

An inferior vena cava filter (IVC filter) is a medical device implanted in the veins of a patient in order to catch blood clots and prevent them from moving to the lungs. While the standard way to stop blood clots is to administer anticoagulants (blood thinners), IVC filters are a common treatment for patients who are unable to take blood thinners due to another medical condition.

However, in recent years the FDA has received hundreds of adverse reports regarding these filters. At the center of the issue is the IVC filter's tendency to leave the place where it is implanted and migrate to other parts of the body. In addition to not treating potentially dangerous blood clots, filters that migrate can puncture blood vessels and damage internal organs, leading to severe pain, internal bleeding, nerve injuries, infection, and death.

Two manufacturers, in particular, have been at the center of IVC lawsuits: C.R. Bard and Cook Medical.

The following filters have been associated with injuries:

  • Bard Recovery
  • Bard G2
  • Bard G2 Express
  • Cook Gunther Tulip
  • Cool Celect

In various lawsuits, Cook and Bard have been held liable for negligent behavior including failing to warn consumers of the dangers of IVC filters and breaching implied warranty. Some 100,000 Bard IVC filters have been implanted in patients across the country, and the amount of monitoring needed to prevent those filters from causing serious injuries is substantial.

Medtronic Defibrillator

Metal-on-metal hip implants

Mirena® IUD

NuvaRing® birth control

Physiomesh hernia repair mesh

Power morcellator

Power morcellators are surgical devices used to cut or sever large masses of tissue during laparoscopic or robotic surgeries. In recent years, minimally invasive procedures have grown in popularity across several areas of medicine to minimize recovery time and patient trauma. When a procedure requires tissue removal and the excised tissue is too big to pull through the opening of a thin tube, the tissue must be cut into small pieces in order to fit. A power morcellator uses a spinning blade to quickly and efficiently cut the tissue.

Side effects of power morcellation tend to involve gynecological procedures such as hysterectomies and myomectomies. According to the FDA, a significant number of women who undergo these procedures have undetected uterine cancer. The spinning blade of the power morcellator spreads the cancerous tissue inside the patient's body, which makes a disease with an already poor prognosis worse.

In 2014, Johnson & Johnson called for doctors worldwide to stop using laparoscopic power morcellators and return the devices. According to a letter reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the danger of aggravating uterine cancer was worse than the company previously believed.

Shoulder pain pumps

Stryker hip replacements

Over the years, Stryker products have been under much scrutiny and investigation by the Food and Drug Administration, causing Stryker Orthopaedics to issue various voluntary recalls on different hip replacement parts.

The most recent product in question is Stryker’s LFIT V40 femoral head parts. Certain models of the femoral heads have had reported complaints of higher than normal failure rates.

In 2012, Stryker announced a recall on its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to Stryker, the recall started "due to the potential risks associated with modular-neck stems." The metal modular-neck stem components are subject to corrosion, which could subsequently lead to metallosis (the build-up of metallic debris in local issue). Metallosis poses serious adverse risks including infection, pain, swelling, and even hip implant failure.

Metal-on-metal hip implants have consistently had health problems associated with their use. Although the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip Systems do not have a metal-on-metal ball and socket design like other defective hip implants that have been recalled, the Stryker neck/stem joint on the Rejuvenate and ABG II hips is metal-on-metal.

Patients with metal Stryker components could experience metal toxicity, with complications like pain, immobility, tissue, damage and revision surgery.

Stryker also recalled two devices in 2008: the Trident Acetabular PSL Cup and the Trident Hemispherical Cups. It was discovered that defective Hemispherical and Trident PSL Cups may make squeaks or popping sounds after implant and that patients may suffer bone fractures, pain, discomfort and additional replacement surgeries.

If you've experienced pain or injury due to a defective Stryker artificial hip, contact an experienced attorney at Metzger Wickersham who can assist you with your legal options. Our attorneys are committed to helping clients successfully resolve their claims.

Zimmer NexGen knee replacements

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If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective medical device, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact our firm for a free and confidential consultation. At Metzger Wickersham, our experienced defective medical device lawyers in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, York, Wilkes-Barre and other communities through Pennsylvania are committed to helping clients successfully resolve their claims.

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