Hip Replacements

An estimated 2.5 million Americans have had hip replacements to reduce pain and increase mobility. 

Despite the standardization of hip replacement procedures, metal-on-metal hip implants may cause serious complications that require multiple revision surgeries.

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Photo of Frances Scott, who suffered cobalt toxicity after hip implants, and other advocates of Medical Device Problems group while they lobbied at the Capitol for the Medical Device Safety Act.

Cobalt Toxicity: The Poison in Her Hip Replacement

S. Nicole Lane · June 28, 2019

Frances was 39 when she had cobalt alloy hips implanted. Within weeks, her skin broke out in boils. Within months, she faced effects ranging from memory loss and visual disturbances to severe tinnitus and PTSD-like rage/anxiety attacks. The effects of cobalt toxicity on the brain are evident.

Patient Stories
Doctor examining patient before discussing hip replacement surgery costs

Hospitals May Overcharge Hip Replacement Surgery Costs

Ashley Lombardo · February 1, 2018

Hip replacement surgery costs may vary widely. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association attempts to understand why.

Health Features
A photo of a woman holding her hip in pain, considering undergoing hip subchondroplasty as a hip replacement alternative.

New Procedure May Become A Hip Replacement Alternative

Ashley Lombardo · January 22, 2018

A necessary advancement in hip surgery is being performed in an Ohio hospital, with hopes it will ease the burden of hip implant risks by offering a hip replacement alternative.

News
A photo of a young woman suffering from hip pain from a metal-on-metal hip implant.

Newly Discovered Gene May Help Metal-on-Metal Hip Patients

Ashley Lombardo · January 10, 2018

An incredible discovery in Australia could change the way we approach metal-on-metal hip replacement procedures to better protect patients from metal poisoning.

Research + Findings
A photo of a child asleep on a couch with a video game controller, representing childhood hip replacements becoming an issue abroad.

Childhood Hip Replacements are Becoming an Issue Abroad

Ashley Lombardo · November 29, 2017

Hip replacements are on the rise, not just for adults. The spike in childhood hip replacements is caused by an unsurprising health issue.

News
A photo of a woman clutching her back, suffering from hip replacement poisoning symptoms.

Hip Replacement Poisoning Symptoms

Ashley Lombardo · October 4, 2017

Metal-on-metal hip replacements carry an extra burden: patients need to watch out for hip replacement poisoning symptoms.

Research + Findings