An Insider View on the Dangers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
January 8th, 2016 by Cutter Law
“I cannot get a podium to discuss these problems in front of orthopedic surgeons either nationally or locally. There’s a huge resistance to admitting that these problems exist, which has been one of orthopedics’ otherwise most successful and touted procedures.”
— Dr. Steven Tower, an arthroprosthetic surgeon, who was himself the first (index) case for cobaltism from a metal-on-metal hip implant in Alaska, speaking at the November 2015 USA Health Watch conference.
In the video below, Dr. Tower discusses the complications caused by wear and corrosion of metal hip implants. He also talks about the current state of regulatory affairs in the US, with the introduction of the 21st Century Cures Act and how it affects the FDA.
Dr. Tower explains the evolution of the hip replacement implant and how we went from a very basic device that worked well and safely to the current, dangerous and dysfunctional situation.
“With hip replacements, it’s really fascinating. We have very good data from the total joint registries that the newer, more expensive implants are much more dangerous and less effective than even 1970s technology.”
Dr. Tower also shares specifics from MoM hip replacement patient cases he’s studied during his cobaltism research, discussing a frightening array of symptoms related to chromium/cobalt poisoning including worsening of Parkinson’s, heart problems, and pseudotumors.
You can read more of Dr. Tower’s research in his paper: A Systematic Review of Systemic Cobaltism After Wear or Corrosion of Chrome-Cobalt Hip Implants.
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