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MoMs Hips a Grinding Dilemma for Hospitals, Doctors, FDA

Metal-on-metal hip replacement or hip resurfacing systems, once seen as a safer alternative to prostheses made of polyethylene or ceramic, are under fire. But despite a raft of reports about device failures and toxicity issues, it remains unclear how serious, or extensive, the issue truly is.

1 comments on "MoMs Hips a Grinding Dilemma for Hospitals, Doctors, FDA"
carol (7/6/2012 at 3:36 PM)

The panel has said that they won't ban the devices, but they did have recommendations for more limited use. They said that people who show signs of failure (swelling, pain, etc.) should have X-rays and blood testing for metal ions, a guideline that UK regulators already issued awhile back. They also said that the FDA should provide some kind of reference range for the metal ion tests, since there is currently no standard