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Thousands of patients suffering problems with metal-on-metal hip replacements

It has recently been reported in the press that DePuy, which is owned by Johnson & Johnson a manufacturer of metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants, and the NHS are at risk of having to face thousands of new hip replacement negligence claims after the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency products (MHRA) issued a new safety alert about the artificial hips.

Previously in 2013 NHS Hospitals were told to stop fitting most metal-on-metal hip replacements. Prior to this the MHRA had released guidelines advising that larger implants should be checked for life with tests being performed to check for metal particles in the patients’ blood. New guidelines issued by the MHRA are now recommending more detailed widespread testing.

The MHRA had said that it has continued to monitor the performance of MoM hip joint articulations for the occurrence of soft tissue reaction associated with these devices.

The MHRA said that the majority of patients with MoM hip replacements currently have well-functioning hips, however, some patients will develop progressive soft tissue reactions to the wear debris associated with the replacements and orthopaedic experts have observed that soft tissue necrosis may occur and to date tens of thousands of recipients of the MoM hips have been negatively affected by them with some even developing tumours from toxins which is due to wear and corrosion leading to tiny metal iron particles entering the soft tissue area around the artificial hip.

If you have had a previous metal-on-metal hip replacement and are now experiencing problems with it as a result of soft tissue reactions, Healys recover can advise you on your rights and whether you have a claim either against the NHS and/or the manufacturer.

You should not delay making an enquiry because time limits do apply. Healys are able to offer you a free assessment of the merits of your claim.

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