ROSEMONT, Ill. — A new study presented to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found the total number of hip replacement surgeries has doubled from 2002 to 2011.
Researchers found, using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, in patients between the ages of 45 and 65 years, there has been a continued growth in the use of hip replacement surgery, despite the serious risks of hip implants. There was an 89 percent increase in total hip replacements from 2002 and 2011. This meant the number of hip replacements in middle-age patients went from 68,000 in 2002 to 128,000 in 2011. This growth is almost 2.4 times faster than the use of such surgeries in the over 65-year-old age group. At the same time, the study found there has been a 30 percent decline in the number of surgeons willing to perform a total hip replacement procedure.
What Caused the Increase?
A variety of factors were identified as potential reasons for this upswing in total hip replacements, despite well-documented risks of using hip replacement implants such as metal-on-metal implants. The concern, of course, is whether patients are using or being recommended to use these dangerous implants. The declining number of surgeons available to perform a total hip replacement aggravates the dangers present in such procedures. Arguably this leaves patients more likely to seek out less scrupulous doctors or pay much higher rates in order to receive a safer implant. The chances of metal-on-metal implants being used increases, especially if they are deemed as cheaper.
The Dangers of Hip Implants
Many metal-on-metal hip implants, however, are very dangerous. As hundreds of patients have found and multiple recalls have proven, metal-on-metal hip implants not only fail at a much faster rate than other hip implants but also cause serious long-term health complications. As the patient with the implant moves, the various component parts rub together (as expected). Unfortunately, this results in metallic fragments flaking off the implant and entering the bloodstream, neighboring tissue, and bones. This can cause chronic pain, inflammation, infection, bone damage, and tissue death. Patients are then unable to walk properly and are forced to have revisionist surgery to repair or replace the implant. Furthermore, high levels of metal in the blood can lead to metallosis (blood poisoning), cardiac issues, severe allergic reactions, and damages to the nervous system.
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