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Information on Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 10:30am
U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Hip joint deterioration can lead to symptoms such as pain, stiffness or difficulty walking. When symptoms do not respond to conservative treatment, patients may be advised to undergo total hip replacement or hip resurfacing. Patients may receive a “metal-on-metal” hip implant in which the “ball and socket” of the device are both made from metal.

Drawing of the types of metal-on-metal hip implant systems that are currently available: metal-on-metal total hip replacment system and metal-on-metal hip resurfacing system.

In this website, the FDA describes hip implants, how metal-on-metal implants differ from other hip implants and gives information and recommendations for patients and physicians about the benefits and risks of these products.

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