FDA studying metal-on-metal hip replacement systems
All artificial hip replacement systems have some risks related to implant or material wear. However, metal-on-metal replacement systems have unique risks in addition to the general risks of all hip implant systems. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in the process of gathering additional information about adverse events in people with metal-on-metal hip implants.
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Metal-on-metal hip replacements can create pain or other health risks
Because the metal ball and the metal cup slide against each other during walking or running, tiny metal particles may wear off of the device and enter into the space around the implant. Metal ions from the metal implant or from the metal particles may even get into the bloodstream.
Over time, the metal particles around some implants can damage bone and/or tissue surrounding the implant and joint. Such a reaction may cause the implant to become loose or cause the patient pain. Eventually, this can require revision surgery to remove and replace the device.
In addition to these reactions, there are reports of a small number of patients in which high levels of metal ions in the bloodstream may have caused other types of symptoms or illnesses elsewhere in the body, including effects on the heart, nervous system and thyroid gland.
Know the symptoms of a defective hip implant
Patients who have metal-on-metal hip implants should be aware of potential symptoms that may occur after surgery and indicate that their device is not functioning properly. Common symptoms may include:
- Pain in the groin, hip or leg
- Swelling at or near the hip joint
- A limp or change in walking ability
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