Hip implants are an innovative solution for many Californians who suffer from mobility limitations, persistent physical pain and compromised function resulting from degenerative hips. Depending on the type and severity of the surgery, different materials are used including ceramics, metal and plastic.
CBC News shared research where metal-on-metal hip implants were studied for the harmful side-effects they were having on patients. Because both artificial joints, the ball and socket, are made from metal, consistent grinding can sometimes result in small particles shaving away. However, these seemingly harmless particles can cause problems when they make their way into a person's bloodstream. Because studies have shown that metal-on-metal implants are more likely to fail, they are being used less and less compared to other options. The results are as follows:
- Ceramic-on-plastic: 5 percent
- Ceramic-on-ceramic: 8 percent
- Metal-on-metal: 9 percent
- Metal-on-plastic: 73 percent