Metal-on-metal hip replacements have an interlocking ball and socket joint which creates friction causing metal shearing, a process that releases metal particles into surrounding tissues and the bloodstream. As a result, patients implanted with defective hip replacements experience high levels of chromium and cobalt in the bloodstream, necrotic tissue, damaged bone and infection. In addition, many hip replacements fail to function properly and require revision surgery.
On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication warning of the risks of metal-on-metal implants. In addition, many hip replacements have been recalled due to their defective nature.
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