The Dangers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABGII hip implants – the two models that were recalled in 2012 – are metal-on-metal (MoM) implants. MoM implant technology is only about a decade old, and was originally believed to be superior to other implant materials. Metals like chronium and cobalt are used to re-create an artificial ball-and-socket joint for the hip. Around a third of all hip replacements performed in the U.S. each year use metal-on-metal implant systems.

Unfortunately, recent evaluations have confirmed that metal-on-metal implants come with a higher risk of bone and tissue damage, and tend to deteriorate quickly. When this occurs, toxic metal particles can seep into your bloodstream, causing swelling, pain, and even tumors in some cases. Certain MoM implants may even become loose, leading to complete implant failure. This can cause the bone that is around your implant to chip and fracture.

If you have received a metal-on-metal Stryker hip implant, you should return to your surgeon for annual check-ups to ensure your implant is functioning correctly and safety. Your doctor may take a blood test to measure the level of small metal particles surrounding your hip. If these levels are high, it may indicate that your metal-on-metal hip implant is failing prematurely.

If you are experiencing pain, instability, swelling, or any other problems with your Stryker hip implant – or any metal-on-metal hip implant, please contact Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty, & Proctor, P.A. today to schedule a free Stryker hip recall case evaluation with one of our experienced hip implant attorneys.