Medical Devices

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Hip joint deterioration can lead to pain, stiffness or difficulty walking. When these symptoms do not respond to conservative treatment, such as physical therapy, patients may be advised to undergo total hip replacement or hip resurfacing. As part of this treatment, they may receive a “metal-on-metal” hip implant in which the “ball and socket” of the device are both made from metal. This webpage provides information on: hip implants, how metal-on-metal implants differ from other hip implants and recommendations for patients and health care providers about the benefits and risks of these products. The information provided on this webpage is not meant to replace a discussion with your health care provider.

Drawing of the types of metal-on-metal hip implant systems that are currently available: metal-on-metal total hip replacment system and metal-on-metal hip resurfacing system.

Page Last Updated: 11/16/2018
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