Cobalt Chromium Toxicity Resource Center

Do Elevated Cobalt Levels Lead to Long-Term Health Risks?





Cobalt exposure can lead to significant health problems. Patients with metal-on-metal hip implants that contain cobalt can develop numerous short and long-term health complications.

What Health Conditions Can Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants Cause?

Metal-on-metal hip implants can release metal ions into the bloodstream, which can result in many long-term health issues. These symptoms can be devastating, causing health issues that can keep patients from working, walking or enjoying life. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists these issues as:

  • Hip and groin pain
  • Swelling
  • Changes in your ability to walk
  • Deterioration of tissue around the joint
  • Reactions to metal ions

Patients may experience implant loosening, implant failure, metallosis or pseudotumors. Removal of the offending prosthetic may be necessary in order to relieve these symptoms. This is why it is important to communicate with your doctor after a hip replacement. When following up with your orthopaedic surgeon, be sure to mention any changes in your health. You should also let the surgeon know if you are seeing another physician for a new condition.

You can also contact an attorney if you suspect that your hip implant is defective. The experience of the product liability attorneys at Kershaw, Cook & Talley, P.C. can help you with this process. Call us at (888)817-2527 if you have questions about your metal-on-metal hip implant.


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