What is Wrong with the Biomet M2a and Magnum Hips?
The Biomet M2a 38 and the M2a Magnum are metal on metal hip implants with a history of serious complications. The problems reported by patients are the result of the metal head (also referred to as the “ball”) and the metal cup rubbing together and releasing cobalt and chromium debris. This metal debris has been linked to health problems like:
NBC News Interviews Biomet Hip Client Represented by Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A.
An NBC News investigative report asks why Biomet Metal on Metal hips considered unsafe in other countries
The story aired on the TODAY Show on Tuesday, 11/27 as part of a global project organized by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to examine the medical device industry.
The print version of the news story featured attorney Altom Maglio:
“Throughout the extensive litigation, it’s still not clear why Biomet decided not to issue a recall in the U.S. According to Chappell’s attorney, Altom Maglio, it’s because no one was forcing them to.”
5 Steps to Take Now if You Have a Biomet M2a Metal on Metal Hip
1. See Your Doctor for a Follow-Up Exam – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms.
Ask your orthopedic surgeon if he or she is aware of the research on adverse reaction to metal debris (ARMD), pseudotumors, and tissue death from Biomet M2a hips. You can review the latest research yourself here.
You may want to request a MARS MRI, or CAT scan of your hip to look for pseudotumors or adverse reaction to metal debris ARMD even if you don’t have any symptoms. Doctors may not know to look for a MoM hip problem if you don’t have symptoms.
Ask your doctor to test your blood for high levels of cobalt or chromium. The friction between the metal cup and ball rubbing together can cause microscopic metal particles to rub off and enter your bloodstream. This can be a sign of metallosis, which can cause devastating medical conditions.
A portion of the M2a Magnum system is titanium. There have been recommendations that patients with the M2a Magnum also need to be concerned about the effects of titanium debris and should also be tested for titanium in their blood.
2. Hire an Attorney BEFORE Your Biomet M2A or Biomet Magnum Revision, If Possible
It is extremely important to preserve removed Biomet M2A and Magnum metal-on-metal hip replacements for evidence.
In addition, it is important to preserve pathology specimens which document the amount and effect of the metal debris generated by the metal on metal hip replacement.
Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. is a leader in obtaining and preserving such evidence. We can help your surgeon retrieve and store the device and specimens.
If you already had revision surgery, don’t worry. Our attorneys will likely still be able to recover evidence from your procedure. That’s why we work as a team with your orthopedic surgeon.
3. Get a Copy of Your Hip Implant Records
Your hip implant record is a key piece of evidence in your case. Ask your surgeon to give you a copy of the implant record and the operative notes. Click here to see a replica of an implant record.
The implant record is a piece of paper with stickers on it (see Figure 1). These labeled stickers are removed from the hip implant packaging before surgery.
The stickers will show what brand of hip device you have and may include a barcode or serial numbers.
The implant record also typically includes the patient’s name, date of surgery, and the hospital where the hip replacement surgery was performed.
What if I Have Trouble Getting These Medical Records?
These are your personal medical records and you have a right to a copy of them.
The Biomet hip replacement attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. can help you collect and review these medical records in order to preserve evidence for a claim.
Please contact us immediately to begin a case evaluation. You can call us at (888) 952-5242 or fill out our form below.
4. Report Your Problem to the FDA
There is something you can do: Report your adverse metal on metal hip experience to the FDA by filling out a MedWatch form.
Hip manufacturers are required to report all hip failures to the FDA but often find loopholes to keep this data hidden.
If the FDA doesn’t have accurate reporting of patients experiencing serious complications, then neither does your surgeon. Your doctors rely on FDA data to diagnose problems and know when a specific type of hip implant is having issues.
Don’t let the hip implant makers brush your information under the rug. Most people don’t know that you can self-report problems. The FDA needs to hear from you. Empower yourself against these huge corporations who put profits above your health.
It’s simple to fill out and an important way to make your voice heard. Here is a link to the form:
5. Sign the Petition Demanding the FDA Recall the Biomet Magnum & M2a Hips
Demand the FDA do its job and recall the Biomet Magnum and M2a-38 metal on metal hip replacements. Why? Because these hip replacements are causing heavy metal poisoning resulting in tissue destruction, pseudotumors, bone deterioration, and heart failure. Patients and surgeons have been left in the dark. Zimmer-Biomet has known of these problems for years. The company even recalled these hip replacements in other parts of the world, but not here. Zimmer-Biomet has failed to warn patients and surgeons in the United States of the heavy metal poisoning. Demand the FDA do its job and recall this dangerous product. Patients and surgeons must be warned of the risks!
Our Extensive Legal Experience in Metal-on-Metal Hip Litigation
➨Our attorneys represent clients in the FIRST trial against Biomet in the United States. The trial date is set for September 2018.
➨Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. is one of only a handful of law firms in the nation that has reviewed the millions of discovery documents involved in this litigation.
➨ Our attorneys have personally questioned under oath dozens of orthopedic hip manufacturer’s employees from all over the world, including surgeons, designers, marketing executives, and corporate CEOs.
➨ In 2008 the Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. Law Firm filed the first lawsuit in the United States against a manufacturer of the current generation of defective metal-on-metal hip replacements. Ever since we have been at the forefront of litigation against the makers of these defective medical devices across the United States.
➨ We have developed contacts within the orthopedic community, an understanding of how that community works, and we have extensive medical and technical knowledge about defective orthopedic hip replacements.
➨ We are aggressively and actively litigating Biomet cases through the U.S. state and federal court systems. We are not waiting for a settlement that may never come because our clients need justice now.
Biomet Issues “Hazard Alert” for M2a Hip Implants in Australia
Biomet stopped supply and sales of its M2a hip replacement components and canceled them from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
In February 2015, Biomet issued a “hazard alert” for these metal on metal (MoM) components because the Australian Orthopaedic Association has data showing a much higher than expected revision rate.
Read the Australian Hazard Alert Here
Biomet Sends Warning Letters to Surgeons in Europe
In April 2016 the company sent letters to surgeons in Europe admitting the M2a hip had a higher than expected revision rate. The warning is called a Field Safety Corrective Action and is based on data collected by the National Joint Registry for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. However, Biomet sent NO similar warnings for U.S. surgeons to follow up with their patients.
MCT Law in the News
KIRO Seattle TV News Story About Biomet Hip Lawsuits
Watch the KIRO7 Seattle news story to learn more about how our attorneys are representing Biomet M2a hip clients across the country.
NBC News investigative reporters sat down with Andrew Chappell a few weeks ago at his Missouri home to talk about his Biomet M2a hip replacement nightmare. The reporters wanted to know why seven nations, including Australia, Germany, and Great Britain,...read more
On Monday the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will overhaul the way medical devices are tested and approved. The changes will force device makers to design their newest devices on more updated and recent technology. The FDA's sudden...read more
California Lawsuit Claims Biomet Orthopaedics is Misleading Patients and Surgeons with Inaccurate Information about Magnum Hip Replacements
(Sacramento, CA – November 23, 2018) Three California residents filed a lawsuit in Sacramento County Court against Biomet Orthopaedics. The suit says that Biomet sold defective Magnum metal on metal hip replacements to these patients, who all experienced heavy metal...read more
Biomet M2a Hip Replacement Litigation Timeline
We get many calls asking for news on the Biomet M2a Litigation. The timeline below only applies to the legal work done by the attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. on behalf of our clients. If you have questions about your Biomet metal on metal hip and how it relates to this litigation, please contact us at 888.952.5242 or complete the form at the bottom of this page.
Common Reactions to Biomet M2a Hips
Microscopic debris from metal rubbing on metal in your Biomet M2a hip replacement can trigger a serious metal poisoning reaction. Some of the medical complications from this metal poisoning include heart problems, vision loss, tissue death around the joint, dementia, hearing loss, even death.
Research on Biomet Metal on Metal (MoM) hip patients finds tissue damage and pseudotumors around the joint, even when the patient has NO symptoms, like pain, clicking, or swelling. Metal reactions to Biomet Magnum and M2a hip replacements are often not seen on X-rays and blood tests, according to researchers. Some pseudotumors can only be found by performing a MARS MRI or CT scan, even when X-rays and blood tests for metal ions show nothing abnormal. In one study (Bosker, et. al), out of 107 patients with Biomet M2a hips, 42 had pseudotumors (39%) but only 12% of the patients in this study had surgery to remove the Biomet implant at 4.5 years.
Recently published research shows that high cobalt levels from a Biomet M2a-Magnum hip can cause irreversible heart damage. The microscopic metal shards that flake off from the metal cup and ball rubbing together can flow into the bloodstream and damage your heart muscle. This form of systemic injury means the cobalt debris from the MoM hip implant can actually cause traumatic disease and injury throughout the entire body and not just in the hip area.