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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement - Frequently Asked Questions

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After meeting a handful of hip-replacement patients suffering from complications after their surgery, I wanted to learn more about the dangers of metal-on-metal hip implants and find out how to protect myself and my loved ones.  With hundreds of thousands of patients undergoing hip-replacement surgery each year, it's very likely that you or a loved on could be faced with the decision whether to have hip-replacement surgery.  After doing a little bit of research about artificial hip implants, I learned the answers to the following most commonly asked questions about metal-on-metal hip implants:

1.  Are metal-on-metal hip implants more dangerous for some people than others?

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Yes - Every type of hip implant has its own set of benefits and risks, but metal-on-metal hip implants are not for everyone.  Only an orthopaedic surgeon can determine whether you are a good candidate for a metal-on-metal hip, but surgeons generally agree that metal-on-metal hip systems are not meant to be implanted in patients who have kidney problems, patients who have a known allergy or sensitivity to metals, patients who have a supressed immune system, patients who are receiving high doses of corticosteroids (such as prednisone), or women who are of child bearing age.

2.  Is there a way to know a head of time if I might have an adverse reaction to the metal in a metal-on-metal hip implant?

Yes and No - There is presently no widely accepted test to predict if a patient will develop a reaction to the metal from a hip system.  However, if you have a know sensitivity to metals it's important to share that information with your surgeon. 

3.  Is there any way to prevent the metal from a metal-on-metal hip implant from reaching the joint and blood stream?

No - It is inevitable that the material in the implant will wear at the surfaces as they interact with each other because all artificial hips require one component to slide against the other.  In metal-on-metal implants, some tiny metal particles or metal ions are released into the joint space and may enter the blood stream. 

If you or a loved one are considering a hip replacement and have been presented with the option of a metal-on-metal hip, it's important to understand the serious risks associated with metal-on-metal.  Thousands of patients each year undergo metal-on-metal hip replacement surgery and are forced to undergo additional, painful surgeries to correct the complications caused by metal-on-metal hips.  Contact our office today to learn more about metal-on-metal hip implants and whether you or someone you love may be entitled to recover for their injuries.

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