Hip replacements, one of the most common orthopedic surgeries, are supposed to relieve pain and increase mobility. However, tens of thousands of Americans may have received faulty implants that can cause long-term medical complications even after they are removed.
Metal-on-metal implants were designed to last 15 years, but some are failing within just a few years. These implants fail at a much faster rate than their ceramic and plastic counterparts due to the implant pieces moving against each other.
This friction can lead to metallosis, a condition that occurs when two metal parts rub against each other and deposit metal debris. The debris lodges itself in nearby bone and soft tissue and enters the bloodstream. Medical complications include inflammation, tissue death, and, in rare cases, heart and nervous system problems. When metallosis occurs, it is not enough to just replace the faulty hip implant -- doctors often must also remove affected tissue.
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Metal-on-metal implants are causing problems outside of the United States as well:
Current orthopedic guidelines advise against metal implants, but devices such as the Profemur Hip System, ASR products from DePuy Orthopedics, and Pinnacle Hip Solutions still use metal-on-metal components.
Those who have metal-on-metal implants should follow up with an orthopedic surgeon, especially if experiencing pain, swelling, or a limp. These are signs of an implant failure. Visit our website for more information on defective medical devices.
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