Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Twice As Likely to Fail, Study Finds

A study recently published in The Lancet, a British medical journal, confirms that metal-on-metal hips are more likely to fail when compared to ceramic or plastic jointed artificial hips. The comprehensive study involved data review of more than 400,000 hip replacements from the National Joint Registry of England and Whales form 2003 to 2011, of which more than 31,000 were of the metal-on-metal variety. To see a summary of the study published in Bloomberg, click here.

The study found that 6.2 percent of persons with all-metal hips needed a second operation within five years of implantation, as compared to 1.7-2.3 percent of persons with other types of hips. The study also indicates that women were far more likely to suffer failed hips than men, by a factor of four.

The Lancet study is just the latest of several academic investigations concluding that the risks of metal-on-metal hip implants far outweigh their benefits, many of which have been previously described in detail on this blog. Moreover, there are indications and reports that at least one of the manufacturers of these types of hips, Johnson & Johnson, was aware of the serious health consequences associated with these hips but did not warn the public.

Metal-on-metal hips have been linked in studies to myriad problems including, loosening, the need for revision surgery, metalosis, and tissue damage caused by the release of microscopic metallic particles from the hip systems.

Dreyer Boyajian LLP is representing persons in Upstate New York and elsewhere that have been harmed by these defective products. If you or someone you know has been so harmed, contact our offices for a free consultation.

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