Bone cement implantation syndrome (BCIS) is a toxic reaction reported in patients who undergo hip replacement surgery where the surgeon uses cement to hold the implant in place. To date, this rare complication has claimed the lives of over 40 people in the U.K. alone, according to the National Health Service (NHS). This article discusses how bone cement may cause BCIS in certain patients.
Free Bone Cement Implantation Syndrome Lawsuit Evaluation: If you developed BCIS after undergoing hip replacement surgery, or if a loved one died after a hip operation that involved the use of bone cement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.
What Causes Bone Cement Implantation Syndrome?
Medical professionals have theorized that BCIS may result from one or more of the following factors:
- As a reaction to the temperature of the bone cement.
- Air/gas embolism resulting from polymerization of methyl methacrylate, an organic compound used to make the cement.
- Severe allergic reaction to acrylic monomers.
- Decrease in heart rate in response to the baroreceptor reflex, a mechanism the body uses to prevent abnormal increases in blood pressure.
- Increase in intramedullary pressure resulting from the application of hot bone cement, which can force marrow and fat into the blood circulation and cause a pulmonary embolism.
- Fat/debris from the femoral shaft embolizing in the femoral canal during the application of bone cement.
- Toxic effects of the monomer, which may increase the depressant cardiovascular effect of anesthetics.
- Adverse cardiovascular effects of methyl methacrylate monomer or additives which may result in hypotension when introduced into the patient’s circulatory system.
- Excessive quantities of monomer absorbed by the femoral shaft.
- Unreacted methyl methacrylate monomer being absorbed into the circulatory system rapidly.
- Embolic showers that occur when the bone cement is being pressurized. Research indicates that these showers are directly linked to changes in pulmonary parameters.
Can I File a Bone Cement Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a Bone Cement Implantation Syndrome Lawsuit, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving medical devices allege that a product was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a potential complication. In the case of bone cement, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of bone cement implantation syndrome, heart attack/arrhythmia, high blood pressure and toxic reactions.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a Bone Cement Lawsuit, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your bone cement implantation syndrome or other injury, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the bone cement’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective medical device into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I have a Bone Cement Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Bone Cement Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Bone Cement Implantation Syndrome cases in all 50 states.
Free Bone Cement Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed BCIS after being treated with bone cement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Bone Cement Suit and we can help.