Recent studies have determined that certain patients who undergo hip replacement surgery may be at risk of developing a life-threatening complication called bone cement implantation syndrome (BCIS). This condition has been reported to occur during hip surgeries where bone cement is used to secure the implant, and causes a toxic reaction whose symptoms include hypoxia, hypotension, cardiac arrhythmias, increased pulmonary vascular resistance and cardiac arrest. To date, more than 40 deaths have occurred in hip replacement patients as a result of bone cement implantation syndrome.
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.
Cement Used in Hip Replacement Surgery Linked to Fatal Toxic Reactions
Bone cement used during hip implant operations has been linked to deaths on the operating table, according to the results of a recent study conducted by British safety experts. In new evidence that could lead to a comprehensive review of procedures for hip replacement surgery, use of bone cement has been linked to at least 41 deaths in the U.K. since 2005. A study team led by former National Institute of Health (NIH) chief medical officer Professor Liam Donaldson identified 62 cases of a life-threatening toxic reaction called bone cement implantation syndrome (BCIS) which occurred between 2005 and 2012. Bone cement is widely used in the U.K., and while it has reported some benefits, the substance is not required for a successful surgery, and is less commonly used in other countries.
What is BCIS?
Bone cement implantation syndrome occurs when the cement interferes with circulation in the hip joint, which causes the patient’s blood pressure to drop rapidly, potentially causing a heart attack. While the overall risk of BCIS is relatively low – approximately 1 incident for every 2,900 operations – it is serious enough that implanting physicians need to “take account of it”, the researchers said, particularly given the growing number of patients undergoing hip replacement surgery.
The study, which was published in BMJ Open, was gleaned from reports of patient safety incidents submitted to the NIH. There are currently over 20,000 emergency partial hip replacement surgeries performed in the U.K. annually. And though problems with bone cement were first raised as far back as 2009, the number of cases of bone cement implantation syndrome has increased each year since then.
According to Professor Donaldson, these findings should lead to a thorough review of the use of bone cement to determine whether the benefits of the product outweigh the potential risks.
“The National Patient Safety Agency issued an alert [about BCIS] in 2009,” he said. “At that point it seems the orthopaedic surgical community weren’t convinced of the risk, or believed the benefits outweighed the risk. My view is that you can’t condemn the use of cement, but the jury is out. This needs to be kept under review.”
Symptoms of Bone Cement Implantation Syndrome
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Increased central venous pressure
- Pulmonary edema
- Cardiac dysrhythmia/arrhythmias
- Cardiogenic shock
- Cardiac arrest
- Sudden death
- Fat/marrow emboli
Bone cement implantation syndrome can be treated with life support and close attention to the patient’s heart function. This process involves supporting the cardiovascular system, managing right heart failure, maintaining volume support and administering oxygen when needed. For the first 10 minutes after bone cement is applied, the anesthesiologist must be extremely careful about giving anesthesia until the patient’s blood pressure returns to normal.
Can I File a Bone Cement Implantation Syndrome 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 Implantation Syndrome 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.