Prone To Failure, Some All-Metal Hip Implants Need To Be Removed Early
by: Richard Knox, NPR, March 19, 2012 3:03:00 am
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Shavings of metal can flake off of the artificial joints and cause serious pain and medical problems in the hip. About a half-million Americans have this type of implant, and though most patients won't have a problem, one doctor called the failure rate "unacceptably high."