Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
Cobalt-chromium toxicity, also known as metallosis, is a dangerous side effect to patients with Metal on metal (MOM) hip replacements. Surgeons have revealed high failure rates associated with many large diaphragm MOM implants in light of recent hip implant recalls. Click here for a list of metal-on-metal implants that may cause elevated cobalt and chromium blood levels.
The failure rate among these implants is attributed to metallosis and significant damage secondary to metal wear debris. Metal wear debris results from movement, friction, metal corrosion (oxidation), and metal ions released from the device. This causes severe pain, swelling, limited range of motion, joint effusion (abnormal fluid buildup), osteolysis, and inflammation.
In addition, MOM implants also cause adverse local tissue reactions (ALTR). This is an effect of the inflammatory process triggered when the immune system is exposed to metal ions. Soft tissue damage, tissue necrosis (death), and pseudo-tumors surrounding the hip joint are outcomes of ALTR. Pseudo-tumors are benign growths of pus and scar tissue formed from the inflammatory process responding to a foreign object implanted in the body.
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We have also provided articles below concerning hip devices and their connection with health problems. Click Medical Research Library to see our comprehensive list of medical device and medical study articles we have found for you.
- The Hip Generation: Recalls, redoes agony for some new joints, May, 2014
- 2/28/12 Bloomberg: Hip Devices May be Bigger Concern than Breast Implants, BMJ Says
- 2/28/12: UK Regulators say hip patients need life-long monitoring
- Kershaw, Talley Attorney, Stuart Talley, appears with client before Senate Committee on Aging over the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement System
- Kershaw, Talley’s Stuart Talley featured in ABC Diane Sawyer World News Hip Recall Story
- DePuy Kickbacks: The Disturbing Truth about Dr. Thomas Schmalzried and Dr. Thomas Vail
- 5/24/11 WSAV: Faulty Hip Implants, One Woman’s Story
- 5/11/11 New York Times: Metal-on-Metal Hip Device Makers Told to Study Data on Hip Patients for Metal Wear Debris Issues
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