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:
4 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: