Metallosis and Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

People with metal-on-metal hip implants are at risk of developing a type of metal poisoning called metallosis. When the metal components of a hip implant slide against each other during movement, small metal particles can wear off the device and enter the surrounding tissue and bloodstream. No matter how many precautions surgeons take during hip replacement surgery, there is no way to fully avoid tiny metal particles from wearing off the device. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with metallosis or have high levels of cobalt or chromium in your blood caused by a metal-on-metal hip implant, please call our firm.

FDA Issues Concerns Over Metal-on-Metal Hip Devices

metal hip replacement lawsuitIn 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a release listing a number of concerns regarding metal-on-metal hip implants. The FDA reported that in addition to the general risks associated with all types of hip implants, metal-on-metal hip implants carry additional risks that are unique to them. These unique risks stem from the metal components of the implant rubbing against each other during movement. Tiny metal particles can wear off the implant and can cause damage to the tissue and/or bone surrounding the implant. Metal ions (usually cobalt and chromium) from the implant can also enter the bloodstream and lead to serious complications with the nervous system. People may have different reactions to any sort of metal buildup in their systems, causing the symptoms of metallosis to vary. The FDA recommends that people who experience any changes in general health should alert their doctor to the fact that they have a metal-on-metal hip implant.

Metallosis Side Effects

Metal-on-metal hip replacements can cause metal ions to enter into bloodstream and create a condition called metallosis. Because these devices are made from a blend of several different metals, they can release metal particles into the blood stream and surrounding tissue when the metal parts rub against each other. A buildup of this type of metal in the body can be toxic, leading to serious complications affecting the nervous system, skin and other organs. Symptoms of metallosis can include:

  • General hypersensitivity reaction (skin rash)
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Neurological changes including sensory changes (auditory, or visual impairments)
  • Psychological status change (including depression or cognitive impairment)
  • Renal function impairment
  • Thyroid dysfunction (including neck discomfort, fatigue, weight gain or feeling cold)

Other people have experienced pain, swelling, and joint dislocation. If you have a metal-on-metal hip implant and have experienced any of the side effects mentioned above or below, please call our firm:

  • Implant Failure
  • Revision Surgery
  • Elevated levels of cobalt and/or chromium in the blood
  • Diagnosis of metallosis
  • Loosening of the device


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