Thousands of UK patients may have received metal-on-metal hip replacements comprised of components from different manufacturers. At least ten patients so far have had their implants removed after fewer than five years because the mix and match hip implants broke down, according to lawyers.
Some patients are blaming surgeons for mixing parts of hip replacements that are not intended to go together. A Spokesman for the British Orthopedic Association is urging caution from surgeons who mix hip components, noting that differences in components are causing the metal to rub together and create issues.
Companies such as Stryker Inc. are facing metal hip lawsuits due to side effects caused by dysfunctional metal-on-metal hip replacements, including their Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement systems. Patients have complained of severe Stryker hip implant side effects, including tissue damage, premature loosening of the hip joint and toxic levels of metal in the blood stream.