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Hip replacement surgery has the potential to change lives. For a man in his seventies, the potential benefits seemed to pay off. He underwent a hip replacement back in the 80’s and had remained healthy for decades afterward. But, as with many things, hip replacements don’t last forever. As the years went by, the implant loosened. By 2012, the man’s doctor was recommending hip revision surgery, but neither could have imagined how that surgery would change this man’s life. The Devastating Effects of Hip Replacement Complications On December 7, 2012, this 75-year-old went under the knife to have his loosening … Read More

Surgical procedures that involve replacing or fixing a prosthetic hip joint are usually more complicated than a patient’s original surgery. The recovery period after revision surgery is often longer, especially if the patient is older and weaker. How Should I Prepare Before My Revision Operation? According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, there are a few things you will need to do before your revision surgery. First, you will have an initial surgical appointment with your doctor. This consultation will include pre-operative X-rays, bone scans, a review of your medical and surgical history, a general physical examination, and a … Read More

Which Hip Implants Are Linked to Health Problems? Hip replacement prosthetics are supposed to help patients relieve hip pain and improve mobility. Some hip replacement devices, specifically metal-on-metal, can lead to serious complications. The following metal-on-metal hip replacement implants are associated with an increased risk of metallosis, cobalt toxicity, pseudotumors, and eventual need for revision surgeries. DePuy Pinnacle. DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, manufactured Pinnacle hip implants. The company manufactured the metal-on-metal hip implant until 2013 (when they pulled it off the market but did not recall the device). Patients with DePuy Pinnacle implants report experiencing chromium-cobalt … Read More

Is Revision Surgery the Only Treatment for a Defective Hip? Metal-on-metal hip implants were once touted as a safe, effective and long-lasting treatment for hips that have been damaged by injury or some types of arthritis. These implants are supposed to last 10-15 years. Many patients receiving artificial hip implants are over the age of 55. But over time, these hip replacements can wear down, and patients that have received metal-on-metal implants, such as DePuy or Stryker models, can suffer a variety of painful side effects – some of which may start to manifest much earlier than they should. Unfortunately, … Read More

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 … Read More

Can Your Genes Make You More Likely to Suffer Injuries from Hip Implants? Metal-on-metal hip implants can lead to a variety of injuries. But is there any way to predict which people are more likely to suffer problems caused by defective hip implants? According to a recently published Australian study, perhaps we can – by looking at a person’s genes. The award-winning research suggests that patients with a certain gene are more likely to suffer complications, including painful pseudotumors, from metal-on-metal hip replacements. The authors hope that this knowledge can be used to create a test that will help doctors … Read More