When a patient’s hip joint begins to deteriorate, the person may suffer from difficulty from walking, severe pain, and stiffness. However, if conservative treatments aren’t working a doctor may suggest hip replacement surgery.
One option for hip replacement is an implant. The implant acts as a ball and cup, replacing the joint and allowing the hip to move naturally and without pain. However, some implants are made with a metal on metal approach and pose a real health risk to patients.
Metal on metal implants first began being used to avoid the wear and tear of plastic or otherwise made hip implants. These types of implants were designed to last longer and have fewer complications. However, a hip implant that consists of a metal on metal device can begin to rub together causing metal ions or debris to shave off into the bloodstream. Once the metal gets into the bloodstream, it can travel the body and cause a lot of problems. You may experience a condition known as hip and groin pain, metallosis, tissue damage, the need for another surgery, tissue death, and even a potential risk of cancer.
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