Recent data and continued research has shown that metal-on-metal hip implants pose a serious risk to patients. These risks include failure of the implant, deterioration and exposure to dangerous toxins, and the possibility of additional invasive surgery to replace the implant. Many patients with metal hip implants have noted pain and inflammation in and around the hip joint. These symptoms have been linked to tiny metal particles that have seeped into the joint and damaged the surrounding tissue and bone.
Government health experts have agreed that there are few, if any, reasons for doctors to continue using these metal hip implants; however, the FDA has not made the decision to remove these dangerous products from the market. The devices have been primarily used over the last ten years after being marketed as a more durable and effective alternative to older plastic or ceramic coated implants. Research has shown; however, that these devices fail at a higher rate than older implants.
If you or a loved one were the recipient of a metal hip implant and have suffered with continued problems following your surgery, we may be able to help you. Please contact our office for a free consultation.
Source: Evidence against all metal implants grows, Associated Press, Tribune-Review, 2 July 2012.