Early Studies Find No Link between Cancer and Metal Hip Replacement Implants

Hip implants have been linked to everything from failures to metal poisoning. A new study finds however that there is no association between the use of metal hip implant devicesand the risk of cancer. The researchers also admit that it is necessary to conduct more in-depth research into any potential link.

The researchers focused on more than 40,000 patients who had metal-on-metal hip implant devices. They found that a 60-year-old healthy man who had been implanted with a metal-on-metal hip implant replacement, had a 6.2% chance of developing cancer 5 years after the surgery. However, when they analyzed patients who had hip replacement devices made of alternate materials, the risk of developing cancer was found to be just 6.7%.

Basically, there was no difference in the risk of developing cancer between people who have metal-on-metal replacements or other types of devices.

Previous studies conducted by BBC Newsnight and the British Medical Journal on metal-on-metal hip replacement devices have found that cobalt and chromium ions from the metal implants can leak into the bloodstream of the patient. The ions can erode from the device and can leak right into the bloodstream. From there, the ions can leak into the spleen, kidneys, and liver before being eliminated from the body.

The risk of potentially serious metal poisoning or blood poisoning from the use of these metal implants is very real. Therefore, Los Angeles defective product lawyers are not ready to believe as yet that there is no risk of more serious diseases like cancer from the use of these implants. There’s much that we still don’t know about the adverse effects of these implants on patients.