Metal on metal hip implant devices have placed an untold number of people at risk, as the grinding of material during movement can lead to the contamination of blood with toxic levels of heavy metals. The buildup of metal in the blood is called metalosis— or metal poisoning— and can have life altering or ending consequences that include severe physical pain, disability, damage to the nervous system and death. These risks were never disclosed to patients, and thousands of claims have been filed against the leading manufacturers of metal on metal hip replacement products due to instances of metalosis linked to hip prosthetics.
The Types of Metal Used in Metal on Metal Hip Replacement Systems are Extremely Dangerous
When pieces of metal grind against one another, very small shavings can be produced that may harm surrounding tissue or make their way into the blood. Our blood already has different metallic compounds within it, but certain metals are toxic to our cells. Those metals, which are found in metal on metal devices include cobalt, chromium, titanium, nickel and molybdenum.