Whether due to an injury or the luck of the draw, you ended up needing to get your hip replaced. Hip implants today are a modern miracle of science, allowing you the type of mobility and range of movement you never thought would be possible again when you were suffering from extreme hip pain. However, if you received a metal-on-metal implant, you might face unforeseen complications. The following information is important for you and other Pennsylvanians with metal hip implants to know.
There are two types of metal-on-metal hip replacements, one of which you might have. The first is a total hip replacement, which replaces the bone of the hip and the top "ball" part of the femur with a metal device. The second implant is a resurfacing of the ball and socket parts of the hip joints, replacing the damaged bone with metal. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, medical professionals considered metal-on-metal replacements to be more durable and less likely to fracture or dislocate when they were at their most common over a decade ago.