Some Metal Hip Implants More Likely to Require Early Revision

hip injuryPatients with large-diameter modular metal-on-metal hip replacements are 1.6 times more likely to require revision surgery within five years than patients with metal-on-plastic implants, according to a new study conducted by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

The study was based on nearly 60,000 total hip replacements in Canada reported between 2003 and 2011 and observed the effect of several factors on the risk of patients needing to have their implants replaced within five years of the initial replacement surgery.

The study results found patients whose hips were replaced with a metal-on-metal hip were most likely to be males younger than age 55. “Metal-on-metal hip replacement implants were generally considered to be the most suitable implants for younger, more active patients who are traditionally at higher risk of repeat surgery due to the wear and tear they place on the implant,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eric Bohm.

But patients who need metal hip revision surgery face a long recovery process. In addition to the added pain of another surgery, a second hip replacement costs patients even more bone, and that can only happen so many times before there is no longer enough bone for a new hip implant.

People shouldn’t have to suffer with the physical and emotional pain of revision surgery because their hip implant failed prematurely. Those who suspect their metal-on-metal hip implant is failing are urged to contact hip implant lawyers Tom Anapol and Melissa Hague immediately to protect their legal rights.