The Apex K2 Modular Hip System is made up of a stem, neck and head that can be customized according to each patient’s specific measurements. The implant can provide up to 96 different combinations for the neck and head, allowing surgeons to create the best match for each patient’s body type. The Apex K2 hip replacement is made by OMNI, and was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004.
Hip Replacement Complications
OMNI claims the Apex’s design makes the connection between the stem and neck stronger, and also creates less friction by eliminating extra space at the junction of the components. However, a recent study published in the Journal of Arthroplasty found that the implant had been linked to the following complications:
- Premature failure of the implant
- Metallosis (reactions to metal particles shed by the hip)
- Revision surgery to replace the implant
- Aseptic Lymphocyte-Dominated Vasculitis-Associated Lesion (ALVAL)
Apex K2 Pulled From Australian Market
In 2012, approval for the Apex K2 Modular Hip Replacement System was cancelled after data indicated that the device had a higher than expected revision rate (5.5% at 1 year after implantation and 9.3% at 3 years). The average acceptable rate of revision is 1.6% at 1 year and 2.8% at 3 years after implantation.
Do I Have a Class Action 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 Apex hip lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new complications cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one are an Apex hip recipient who developed fretting, corrosion, metallosis, pseudotumor development or other complications that resulted in premature failure of your implant, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.