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June 18, 2013 / Amanda Greenburg

Metal HIP Implants Leak Dangerous Metallic Ions Into Bloodstream

Metal-on-metal hip implants have received a lot of criticism for the pain they cause after implantation.  Now, another criticism has arisen.  Dean Donovan, a New Zealand man claims the metal-on-metal hip implant caused large amounts of metal ions to enter into his bloodstream.  This is a sign that the metal hip implant was shedding metal particles into his body.

Donovan received his metal hip implant in 2007.  Like many other consumers, Donovan chose a metal ball and socket joint because he heard metal was studier than traditional plastic implants.   Donovan worried about this hip after the warnings about metal hip implant side effects began to emerge.

Donovan’s orthopedic surgeon called for blood and urine tests after reports that metal hip implants are sometimes wearing down faster than expected.   This can lead to metal debris building up within the body which can cause tissue to soften or the implant to become lose.   After testing, Donovan’s orthopedic surgeon discovered the large amounts of metal ions in Donovan’s bloodstream.   Donovan wanted the implant replaced immediately.

With all the problems and criticisms associated with the metal-on-metal hip implant, it makes one wonder why they are still being used.  If you or someone you love experienced problems with their metal-on-metal hip, please contact Khorrami Boucher Sumner Sanguinetti, LLP for a private consultation.


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