Metal-on-metal hip joints fail more t...

Metal-on-metal hip joints fail more than others; stop using them, experts say

There are 8 comments on the The Hamilton Spectator story from Mar 14, 2012, titled Metal-on-metal hip joints fail more than others; stop using them, experts say. In it, The Hamilton Spectator reports that:

LONDON British experts at the world's biggest artificial joint registry said doctors should stop using metal-on-metal hip replacements, citing an analysis showing they have to be fixed or replaced more often than other implants.

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j stevens


#1 Apr 3, 2012
its about time more doctors looked into stem cell treatments for patients with hip problems .i.e young patients. Its a crime that they thobbed of with hip replacements x3 in there lifetime when other treatments i.e stem cells should be tried. Hip replacements just dnt last the course.

Annapolis, MD

#2 Jul 6, 2012
Metal-on-metal hip devices has a high-failure rate, many patients were suffering from too much pain because of these devices, others were seeking legal counsel to evaluate their cases on piling up for depuy lawsuits to claim for their entitled compensation. Read here

San Jose, CA

#3 Jul 11, 2012
The most common reason why these hip implants fail is that metals soon wear away. Most of the time, it leads to dislocations, loosening, and even to serious conditions such as systemic infections or an increase in concentrations of chromium and cobalt in the bloodstream, which may potentially be fatal.Got info at

Westbank, Canada

#4 Jul 16, 2012
I had the Birmingham hip resurfacing in 2004; for the most part I can't tell what hip was done.... meaning I had a great result. Recently on the news I heard about the minute metal particles causing problems in the blood. I'm disappointed in this and my feeling is that more research should have been done before this procedure was allowed into our country... Canada.

Not withstanding all of this, I'm pain free have very good mobility and have infrequent problems of any kind with my hip. Sometimes I feel sort of a stiffness or a bit of discomfort ..... it's like something is not quite right in the joint but this is rare... might happen maybe once every two months. In any case my life is much much improved from what it was before the surgery.

West Chicago, IL

#5 Aug 23, 2012
Metal-on-metal implants were actually advertised to last longer and more efficient than other hip implant devices. Studies of metal hip implants indicate that they have higher revision rates compared to other types of hip implant materials. However, reports of early wear have left the patients at higher level of metal exposure caused by cobalt, chromium and other metallic substances. Because of this event, a large number of patients have decided to file lawsuit against its manufacturer, DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary company of Johnson & Johnson. For more input, see .

New York, NY

#7 Aug 24, 2012
Related health input, defective hip devices may cause health complications. Serious hip injuries, dislocations, or fractures can lead to Avascular Necrosis, medical specialists say. It is a condition wherein blood supply to the ball (the ball-shaped piece of bone that fits into the socket of the hip) portion of the thighbone is cut off and the bone begins to break down.

As a result, the surrounding cartilage also begins to collapse, producing acute pain and other symptoms. If you feel that there is something wrong with your hip device, immediately consult your doctor.

For a more detailed explanation, visit

Kansas City, MO

#8 Dec 7, 2012
There is growing evidence that after being implanted, metal-on-metal hip implants are more likely to break down, exposing patients to the hazards of metallic particles exposure. It is said that metal-on-metal implants were longer lasting and more reliable than the plastic or ceramic models. However, according to recent studies, the opposite appears to be the case - they are more likely to deteriorate, leaving patients at higher risk of exposure to chromium, cobalt and other metallic substances. Check out this online resource, might help.

Kansas City, MO

#10 Dec 14, 2012
Metal-on-Metal hip implant devices are said to cause serious complications like pain, inflammation, and metal poisoning. Read more here

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