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All Metal Hip Replacement Systems Show Higher Failure Rate
A total hip replacement has the potential to greatly improve the quality of life for patients who suffer from severe pain and limited mobility due to injuries or hip disorders. In this type of surgery, both the femoral head, stem, and acetabular socket is replaced with an artificial hip implant.
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Every year, over 300,000 of these procedures are performed in the United States, and the demographic of those who are receiving this surgery continues to grow younger. While the majority of patients experience improvement after a hip replacement, there is a risk of serious complications from the surgery.
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The type of device used in a total hip replacement can play a major role in the risk of potential complications. Hip implant systems are constructed from a variety of materials that include ceramic, plastic, and metal. In a metal-on-metal device, both the femoral head and the socket are constructed from metal comprised of cobalt and chromium. Although metal implants were marketed as being more durable and longer-lasting than other hip implants, studies have shown that the risk of failure is greatly increased with metal-on-metal hip systems.
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Failure Rates of Metal Hip Implants
Between 2003 and 2011, the National Joint Registry of England and Wales tracked 400,000 patients who underwent hip replacement surgery in order to examine the success of the various implants used. Of these patients, over 31,100 had received a metal-on-metal hip implant.
Published in The Lancet, this study showed that after five years, 6.2% of metal-on-metal hip implants failed. Compared to other hip implant systems, this number was substantially higher. Over the course of the study, only 3.2% of ceramic hips failed while 1.7% of metal-on-plastic implants experienced failure. Additionally, the failure rates were much higher in younger female patients and in those who had implants with a femoral head of greater than 36 millimeters.
In addition to the risk of failure with metal-on-metal devices, these implants also had an increased risk of the following complications:
• Loosening of the joint
• Increased pain, swelling, and inflammation
• Allergic reactions
• Deterioration of the bone and tissue surrounding the joint
Several major manufacturers, including DePuy and Stryker, have voluntarily recalled their metal-on-metal hip implants in response to the studies and numerous patient reports of serious side effects. However, this study also showed that the high failure rates of these devices was not linked to any one company in particular. Regardless of the manufacturer, metal-on-metal devices were found to have a greatly increased risk of failure across the board.
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With the increased risk of failure, serious health consequences, and revision surgery associated with metal implants, the authors of the aforementioned study have spoken out against the continued use of these devices.
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