Faulty hip joints implanted in tens of thousands of Americans pose adverse health effects in some patients even after removal, according to new research.
Doctors have known for several years that some hip devices, in which both the ball and cup are made of metal, were failing at faster rates than other hip implants. Research to be presented Wednesday, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Francisco, shows that debilitating problems from all-metal implants can persist for years. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration ordered 21 manufacturers to study patients who received metal-on-metal implants, after issuing a recall of one of the devices in 2010.
“This is a serious problem in the USA,” said Mathias Bostrom, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. “Some implants have a worse record than others, but almost all the metal-on-metal implants have issues.”
Bostrom said metal-on-metal hip implants were sometimes used in younger patients who wanted to remain active in sports.
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