March 4th, 2010

Concerns Over ‘Metal on Metal’ Hip Implants

By Kelley Luckstein

Some of the nation’s leading orthopedic surgeons have reduced or stopped use of a popular category of artificial hips amid concerns that the devices are causing severe tissue and bone damage in some patients, often requiring replacement surgery within a year or two…

 

Surgeons at Rush University Medical Center have performed about two dozen replacement procedures because of metal debris over the last year, said Dr. Joshua J. Jacobs, the head the orthopedic surgery department there. A similar number of patients have had metal-on-metal hips removed at the Mayo Clinic, according to Dr. Daniel J. Berry, Mayo’s head of orthopedic surgery.

 

NY Times, by Barry Meier, 3/4/10

 

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Tags: Dr. Daniel Berry, hip implants, Orthopedics

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