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Can Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Cause Depression?

Defects in metal-on-metal hip implants may not only cause physical pain, but also lead to psychological symptoms.

These implants are used in total hip replacement surgeries as well as hip resurfacing surgeries. They often consist of ball-and-socket joins with both components made of metal. These types of implants are associated with a high risk of failure, leading to pain and potentially expensive medical bills. But did you know that undergoing a total hip replacement using a metal-on-metal hip implant could actually lead to neurological problems, including depression?

Studies have shown that recipients of metal-on-metal hip implants who have been surveyed years after the implementation of their hip replacements report psychological symptoms including:

  • Persistent anxiety
  • Tearfulness
  • Lability of mood
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Social withdrawal
  • Poor sleep
  • Poor concentration
  • Forgetfulness
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty recalling conversations
  • More symptoms

While some of these symptoms may result from the stress and pain of having a joint replacement, others may be the result of toxicity relating to the metals in defective metal-on-metal joint replacement components. If you experienced any of the above symptoms following a joint replacement, even if they occur years later, you may be suffering the effects of metallosis from your implant.

Metallosis occurs when metal debris is deposited and builds up in the soft tissues of the body. It is an especially common issue for patients who have been implants with metallic medical components. If you think that your medical implant may be causing your depression or other psychological symptoms, discuss your situation with a medical professional and consider speaking to a defective medical device attorney. You can reach Kershaw, Cook & Talley, P.C. at 888-635-3970 or fill out our online contact form.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5259873

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