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There are three types of hip implants: ceramic on ceramic, metal on metal and metal on plastic. Each of these hip implants has its advantages and disadvantages. Medical professionals look at all factors when deciding which type of hip implant should be installed into a patient. The condition of the original joint, the age of the patient and past medical history are important factors the doctor must evaluate before prescribing hip replacement.
Various recent studies have shown that the metal on metal implants have developed failures in proportions much higher than other hips replacements. The main reasons of the failure in metal on metal implants are metal particles or ions, which are produced as a result of regular wear and tear. These metals are absorbed into the bloodstream and damage the surrounding tissues. This normally causes pain and disability that may require revision surgery.