On August 27, NBC10 interviewed Tom Anapol and his client-a victim of metal hip implant failure-about the physical complications and the device’s inadequate premarket testing.
In addition to the physical and emotional pain that metal-on-metal hip patients have endured, there is another disturbing part of the situation. Johnson and Johnson had the implant approved under the 510(k) process, which does not require human testing before implanting the device in patients.
The side effects of the metal-on-metal hips can be life threatening. In Lorenz’s case, a blood test showed very high levels of cobalt and chromium in his bloodstream. “The ball and the cup actually grind together and shed particles into the bloodstream, and that’s what happened to him specifically,” Anapol explained.
The serious physical complications that result from these and other products approved under the 510(k) process truly show the dangers of medical devices that have not been adequately tested. This situation also stresses the importance of knowing the facts and trial data before making a life changing decision. In addition, those who are already suffering from defective metal hip implants should seek a hip recall lawyer to discuss their legal rights.