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FDA Panel Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants are not recommended for Most Patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel of medical device experts convened recently, advising against metal-on-metal hip implants, just short of banning the device altogether. The panel also advised that any patients who have received the devices should be evaluated with an X-ray and blood tests, particularly if they are experiencing pain or other symptoms that might indicate device failure. In particular, blood tests would allow detection of metal in the bloodstream, which could result in metallosis, a dangerous condition of metal poisoning in the blood. The metal-on-metal hip designs, made by a number of medical device manufacturers such as Wright Medical, ... Read More

Smith & Nephew issues recall for Modular Hip Implants

Smith & Nephew, a British orthopedics and wound care company, has issued a recall of its Modular SMF and Modular Redapt hip implants after a high number of patients began reporting adverse negative reactions. The metal designs used a modular neck that has been linked to a “higher than anticipated complaint and adverse event trend.” “Based on an analysis of available data sets,” the company wrote in a “Dear Doctor” letter last November, “Smith & Nephew considers that patients implanted with the modular neck hip prostheses may be at greater risk of revision surgery than with comparable monolithic products. For this reason, on a ... Read More

Cobalt Toxicity is a Serious Risk for Metal-on-Metal Hip Patients

When Robert Peters wrote the Daily Mail for advice from Dr. Scurr about concerns with his metal-on-metal hip implants, the response seemed to only confirm his greatest fears – that his hip implants could be poisoning him. Peters’ blood was tested after his surgeon informed him of the recent reports of metal-on-metal hip failures. “Blood tests revealed I have 100 times more than normal the amount of cobalt in my blood,” Peters wrote, “as well as dangerous amounts of chromium.” Dr. Scurr explained that metal-on-metal hips are usually made of a stainless steel alloy containing cobalt and chromium, and were intended to ... Read More

Metal Poisoning from Metal-on-Metal Hips Linked to Skin Rashes and Cardiomyopathy

Metal-on-metal hips are primarily made of cobalt and chromium. When these components rub together with normal use, the parts wear down and corrode, causing metal to leach into the surrounding tissues and bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the metal content can cause metal poisoning called metallosis. Side effects may include implant failure, necrosis (tissue and bone death), and organ damage. These side effects may require revision surgery to treat. Pseudo tumors are also a side effect of the metal poisoning. The tumors are soft tissue changes in the surrounding tissues and bone of the hip prosthetic. According to a study published June 2015, ... Read More

Scottish Man’s Metal Hip Removed After Only Three Years leaving him Permanently Crippled

John Haldane was 68 when he received a new hip, a metal-on-metal design that he was told would last two decades. Three years later, the hip had to be removed, leaving him permanently crippled. “I’m disabled and this should not have happened,” Haldane said. “I just want the company which made the implants to take responsibility.” Now, 88 people who allege they were permanently injured by metal-on-metal hip implants are seeking compensation for the agony and problems they say they experienced from their new prosthetic. Their ages range from 30s to 80s, and each claim their lives have been ruined by the faulty device. They’re ... Read More

Metal-on-Metal Hip Recipients Report Severe Sickness

A fall at work in the ’90s caused Australian native Lianne Slinger an injury that led to a total hip replacement in 1999. She received a Sulzer metal-on-metal hip, which has now been recalled. Shortly after, she began experiencing a series of health problems from metal poisoning linked to her hip. Metal-on-metal hip components are made of cobalt and chromium, which, upon corrosion and wear-down, can flake metal particles into the body and cause metallosis. Metallosis is a type of metal poisoning that is a resulting side effect of joint replacing devices such as metal-on-metal hip implants. The symptoms include implant failure, necrosis ... Read More

Overwhelming Fatigue, Moodiness, Chronic Headaches Could Be Side Effects from Metal-on-Metal Hip

Howard Piper, a retired aircraft finance consultant, was heading to a New Year’s Eve celebration in the UK when he was suddenly overwhelmed with exhaustion, and found himself driving straight into the path of an oncoming car. “I was hit by a wave of fatigue. It could have killed us all,” Piper said. “It was completely my fault. I’ve driven for decades and never done anything like that.” Although Piper had undergone a hip replacement in August 2010 using a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing device manufactured by Smith & Nephew, he didn’t think the hip could have been the cause of his symptoms. During ... Read More

Patients with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Need Lifelong Blood Checks

Metal-on-metal hip implants have been a health concern ever since patients began coming forward with reports of complications from their new hips. In an article published by BBC News, patients who have received a metal-on-metal hip implant need lifelong blood checks for cobalt and chromium levels. Manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants, such as DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson,  Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical, Zimmer Biomet Holdings and Stryker are facing lawsuits alleging the devices resulted in problems including loosening, bone erosion, damage to surrounding tissue as well as metallosis, a dangerous blood condition that occurs when metal bits flake off the device and make their way into the bloodstream. The metal-on-metal ... Read More

Patients Experience Cobalt Poisoning after Hip Replacement Surgery

Dr. Steve Tower specializes in hip, knee and shoulder surgery as well as general orthopedics and trauma care. In 2006, Tower had hip replacement surgery and received a metal-on-metal hip implant design made of chrome cobalt. A year after the hip was replaced, he began experiencing pain. Having replaced “about a thousand” hips in patients himself, Tower knew this was not the norm. Remembering that the hip was made of cobalt, he decided to have his blood levels checked. He found the cobalt levels in his blood to be extremely high. Three years after replacement, the hip became so painful that revision ... Read More

New Surgery Technique Using Robotic Arm can Increase Hip Resurfacing Accuracy

Covenant Health, a health care network of hospitals and physicians in Lubbock, Texas, has unveiled a new technology for increasing accuracy in hip resurfacing and replacement surgery using a robotic arm. Dr. David Shephard of Lubbock Sports Medicine is an orthopedic surgeon who believes wholeheartedly in the system, saying that accurate alignment and positioning of the implant using manual total hip replacement techniques, which is the traditional method, can be challenging. “Getting implants positioned correctly is an important aspect in improving surgical outcomes and the lifespan of the implants used for hip replacement,” Shephard said. “This technology enables us to more ... Read More