Saturday, February 12, 2011

FDA Airs Concerns About Hip Joints to Patients

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By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today

Metal-on-metal hip implants have disadvantages as well as advantages, according to the FDA, and the agency is making the case directly to patients on its website.

In a set of web pages unveiled Thursday, the FDA cited problems that can arise from the inevitable release of metal particles as patients flex their new joints. Adverse reactions in the bones in which the implant is embedded also occur in some patients.

"Metal-on-metal hip replacement systems have unique risks in addition to the general risks of all hip implant systems," the agency warned.
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