Storyline About MoM Hips Featured on NBC Show New Amsterdam

NBC’s newest medical drama, New Amsterdam, took on the metal on metal hip crisis in one of its storylines this week.  The season 3, episode 3 show is titled “Revision”  and follows a construction worker named Vincent who comes to the hospital for symptoms of a heart attack, but it turns out to be cobalt blood poisoning.  

As the doctors try to figure out how he was exposed to such high cobalt metal levels, he tells them he had a hip replacement.  Dr. Helen Sharpe uses a long syringe to remove fluid from Vincent’s hip and discover a mixture of black sludge instead of blood or clear fluid. She instantly knows he’s being poisoned by his own metal on metal hip replacement.  The only cure for his problem is ANOTHER hip replacement to remove the metal parts that are making him sick. 

The next scene pits Vincent and Dr. Sharpe against a group of men in suits from the hip replacement company.  They demand the company pays for Vincent’s medical bills, surgery costs, lost wages, and the cost of a newer, more expensive ceramic hip.  Dr. Sharpe even pushes the hip manufacturers to cover these costs for ALL patients dealing with metal poisoning from their bad hips.  Of course, the orthopedic company officials refuse these terms and the doctor threatens to expose their product on national television. 

Dr. Sharpe’s colleague warns her the powerful medical device company could crush her future as a physician if she takes them on.  During her interview on live national TV, Dr. Sharpe threatens to name the hip manufacturer specifically.  However, after a commercial break, the doctor instead blames the FDA for letting hip replacement companies, in general, get away with selling medical products with almost no testing or government oversight. She calls on the general public to call their representatives and demand change. 

To see the entire episode of New Amsterdam, click on the video below. 

Reality Stranger than Fiction in Metal Hip Cases

Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction.  Thousands of people across the country are in the same position as the fictional character Vincent in this episode.  Hip makers like Zimmer Biomet and Johnson & Johnson with their Pinnacle hips follow a similar script by not taking responsibility for making and selling an implant that can and has poisoned thousands of people.   

That’s why mctlaw attorneys feel compelled to represent people hurt by metal on metal hips.  To learn more about which metal on metal hip makers we are currently litigating against click HERE.

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10 Signs your Metal on Metal Hip May be Going Bad

If you have a Metal-on-Metal (MoM) hip implant, you may have heard the term “revision surgery” before. But what is revision surgery, and how can you tell if you need it?

Revision surgery is a procedure in which a broken, worn out, or unsafe hip implant is removed and replaced (in whole or in part) by a new implant. Because Metal-on-Metal hip implants have such high rates of failure, hip revisions are a relatively common procedure.

Here, we’ve put together a list of some of the top 10 most common signs that you may need hip revision surgery. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms of implant failure, you should speak to your doctor and request to get your blood metal ion levels measured as soon as possible.

You feel pain in your hip or pelvic area.

This one might seem obvious, but people often underestimate the importance of listening to your body when it is in pain. Your hip implant should not cause you pain if it is working correctly. If you’re suddenly experiencing pain in your hip or pelvic area during everyday activities, it’s a sign that something could be wrong with your hip replacement. Pain is a symptom of many metal-on-metal implant side effects, such as dislocation, bone damage, muscle damage, pseudotumors, or infection.

You hear squeaking, popping, or clicking in your hip.

In short – anything in your hip that doesn’t feel quite right in your hip is a sign that you might need a new one. You really shouldn’t be able to feel (or hear) your implant. If it is working correctly, it should be a seamless part of your body, just like any other joint. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your hip replacement. Pain, squeaking, popping, or clicking in your hip could be signs that your implant has dislocated, caused bone loss, destroyed muscle tissue, developed a pseudotumor, or some other serious side-effect of metal-on-metal hip implants.

You experience difficulty walking or bearing weight on your hip.

Do you find yourself walking, standing, or leaning in an unusual way to avoid feeling pain in your hip during everyday activities? This is something to bring up to your doctor to see if revision surgery is an option. Problems caused by metal-on-metal hips, like pseudotumors, ALVAL, or infection, make bearing weight on your replaced hip more painful.

You sometimes get a metallic taste in your mouth, particularly in the mornings.

Metal-on-metal hips are made up of multiple metal components, which rub against each other when you walk or move your leg. As this happens, tiny metal particles flake off into your body and bloodstream. If enough metal particles enter your body, serious side effects can occur, such as a type of metal poisoning called metallosis. A symptom of metallosis is a metal taste in your mouth.

You’re experiencing blurry vision and/or color-blindness.

The metal particles released into the body by metal-on-metal hip replacements can have many adverse effects on the body. One of these possible effects is on your vision. Vision loss or color-blindness are both reactions to metal in the blood from a metal on metal hip replacement.

Your hearing has gotten worse, and/or you hear ringing in your ears.

Similar to the vision loss and metallic taste, hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) can be caused by excessive metal in the bloodstream.

You’re showing symptoms of dementia or cognitive impairment.

Metal particles in the blood can wreak havoc on the body when levels are high enough to cause metal poisoning. One of the results of metal poisoning due to a metal-on-metal hip is dementia, memory problems, and cognitive impairment. Revision surgery may help stop the progression, so if you show these signs it is best to speak to a doctor about your possibly faulty hip replacement.

Your blood metal ions are high.

Leading orthopedic surgeons recommend that patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements get their blood tested for metal ions every three months. If your levels are too high, it could lead to issues like the ones listed above. If your levels are too high, you should speak to your doctor about revision surgery and if it is right for your situation.

You’re experiencing any or all of the symptoms above.

If you have a metal-on-metal hip replacement and have experienced any of the symptoms above, you should speak with a doctor about revision surgery and if it is an option for your situation.

Even if you aren’t experiencing any of these signs & symptoms – you should still talk to your doctor.

Some people with bad metal-on-metal hip replacements have been recommended to get revision surgeries even when they have not experienced any pain or side effects at all. This is why many leading orthopedic surgeons recommend people with metal-on-metal hip replacements get testing for metal levels in their blood every three months.

Learn more about defective metal on metal hip replacements and the problems they can cause.  If you have a metal on metal hip replacement and believe it may be defective, you should talk to your doctor. Then, contact an attorney about your potential claim against defective hip manufacturers. mctlaw is highly experienced with metal on metal hip cases. Our attorneys filed the FIRST lawsuit in the US against a metal on metal hip manufacturer. Let us review your case at no cost. Call us at 888.952.5242 or get an online case review here.

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Maglio to Lead Pinnacle/ASR Attorney Group

Attorney Altom M. Maglio was elected to lead a group focused on the ongoing litigation against Johnson & Johnson over the company’s Pinnacle and ASR metal on metal hip replacements.

The American Association for Justice (AAJ), the primary organization for plaintiffs’ trial lawyers in the United States, recently elected Mr. Maglio Chairman of the DePuy Metal on Metal Hip Implant Litigation Group. Mr. Maglio will help coordinate strategy for AAJ attorneys who are filing lawsuits against J&J’s metal on metal hips.

In 2008 Mr. Maglio filed the first lawsuit in the United States over a defective metal on metal hip replacement. He’s been involved at the highest levels of these cases ever since and brings that experience and knowledge of the medical device industry to the AAJ group.

Johnson & Johnson faces legal pressure over the Pinnacle metal on metal hip implant, despite a 2018 settlement deal. Over the past 10 years, J&J paid out billions of dollars to settle lawsuits involving the recalled DePuy ASR metal on metal hip system, which is similar to the Pinnacle hip.

Maglio’s own national law firm, Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. is aggressively pursuing Pinnacle metal on metal hip cases and filing Pinnacle MoM hip lawsuits across the U.S. on behalf of our clients.

The AAJ DePuy Metal on Metal Implant Litigation group will assist attorneys facing Pinnacle and ASR lawsuits with the resources and information they need to effectively represent their clients. If you are an attorney representing a client with a Johnson & Johnson DePuy metal on metal hip replacement, go to https://www.justice.org/litigation-groups/depuy-metal-metal-hip-implant to join the litigation group.

ABOUT MAGLIO CHRISTOPHER & TOALE
mctlaw is a national medical product liability law firm with offices in Sarasota, FL, Seattle, WA, and Washington, DC.  It filed the first metal on metal (MoM) hip replacement lawsuit in the United States in 2008. Additionally, mctlaw’s highly experienced trial attorneys continue to litigate metal on metal hip replacement cases across the country. The Firm represents patients suffering from the effects of heavy metal poisoning from metal on metal hip replacements.

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