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Biomet Orthopedics started its M 2 a line of versatile hip implant devices in 1996, and currently, the manufacturer produces six varieties of M 2 a metal ball components. Hip implant systems, such as the ones made by Biomet, are comprised of three components — a ball, a cup-like device inside which the ball fits and rotates, and a stem connected to the ball that also connects to the thigh bone.
The six types of metal ball components that make up the M 2 a line include:
While all of these M 2 a hip implant components are made of a metal alloy (that contains some combination of Cobalt, Chromium and Molybdenum), they differ in size, range of motion, and how they connect/interact with the other components of Biomet hip implant devices.
With more than 15 years of experience in manufacturing hip replacement devices, Biomet prides itself implementing the latest technologies and newest innovations – including use of cutting-edge alloys, improvements to the shape and fit of components, and surgical innovations and techniques – in order to:
Individuals most likely to need a Biomet M 2 a hip device include those who have not been able to successfully treat or manage the severe symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, bone tumors, and/or hip fractures. Typically, other, less invasive treatments, such as physical therapy and medications, are tried before a Biomet M 2 a device is surgically implanted in patients.
Despite use of certain innovations, Biomet M 2 a hip devices carry some risk of malfunction, depending on a patient's medical history, the surgical method used to implant the device, and the patient's lifestyle (i.e., whether the patient lives a more active or a more sedentary lifestyle).
Some of the possible design elements that can put patients at risk of needing one or more revision surgeries include:
If you or someone you love has had problems with a hip replacement, you might be eligible for compensation. To learn more, schedule a free case review with an experience defective hip implant lawyer today.
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