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Howmedica Wins Judgment in Untimely Filed Hip Implant Suit

Dec. 6, 2022, 6:02 PM

A woman alleging flawed Howmedica Osteonics Corp. hip implant components caused severe pain filed her suit too late, a New York federal court said, granting summary judgment for the company.

Jodi Rouviere underwent hip replacement surgery in August 2012, receiving a prosthesis that included Howmedica components. She alleged the components rubbed against one another, causing the release of metal ions into her bloodstream.

Rouviere had revision surgery in November 2016 to remove and replace the prosthesis. Her surgeon told her she had metallosis—a buildup of metal debris in body tissue—and tissue damage. She and her husband Andre A. Rouviere sued ...