Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants may be Harmful, Says Surgeon

by Rajshri on  March 5, 2010 at 9:39 PM Research News
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 Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants may be Harmful, Says Surgeon
One of the most popular hip replacement surgery could in fact prove to be harmful for the body, a Canadian orthopedic surgeon has warned.

Metal-on-metal hip replacement accounts for more than 30 percent of all hip replacement surgeries done each year. However Dr. Nizar Mahomed from Toronto Western Hospital said that such surgeries are increasingly proving to be problematic for patients.

While such procedures are thought to be more durable than other types of hip surgeries, Dr Mahomed revealed that in a large number of patients, small particles of metal break off in the body, leading to a number of complications including pain and loss of mobility.

"Every hip replacement, regardless of type, will create some particles. But I've seen patients very early after surgery develop ongoing pain and inflammation. Nobody can predict what person will be at risk of developing this reaction", he added.




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