A recent New York Times article highlighted the fast rate of hip implant failures in the United States. (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/health/01hip.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=hip%20surgery%20shows%20signs&st=cse)
The article notes that “[a]ll orthopedic implants, regardless of their composition, shed debris as they wear. But researchers say they believe that the particles released by some all-metal hips pose a special threat because scavenger cells dispatched by the body to neutralize the debris convert it into biologically active metallic ions. In some patients, a chain reaction begins that can destroy tissue and muscle.” Unfortunately, this failure was not a complete surprise. “More than a decade ago, some researchers had warned that the hips shed tiny pieces of metallic debris that posed potential health threats to patients. ”
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