I am discussing a recent study about prosthetic hips and defective hips. The study was conducted in the United Kingdom (UK). The researchers wanted to determine what percentage of prosthetic hips were tested prior to their release on the market and prove their effectiveness.
The researchers proved over 24% of prosthetic hips sold in the UK were never tested to determine if they were effective and safe. Unfortunately, this also occurs in the United States (US). The US has very lax regulations regarding medical devices, especially hips.
A manufacturer can receive approval through a “fast track” process. This process allows a manufacturer to release a hip if it is substantially similar to another product already on the market. Typically, manufacturers will make minor changes to previous prosthetic hip models, put it on the market, and hope it does well. Generally, this process does not work out. If you have a metal-on-metal hip, you might experience problems from elevated levels of cobalt and chromium released around the hip joint.
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