Pretty Much All Hip Implants Raise Metal Blood Levels…

By /

Receive a Regenexx® Patient Info Packet by email and learn why it's a superior regenerative solution.

metal blood levels

The news just never seems to get better for problems with hip replacements. There has been considerable concern of late about the fact that hip implants raise metal blood levels.  In the meantime the Orthopedic device industry has scrambled to address that situation, however, each new device iteration seems to come with its own issues. Now, new research indicates that even the newer hip implants raise metal blood levels.

In 2012 , Stryker, the major manufacturer of the Titanium Modular Neck system devices was forced to put out a major recall, not only for increased blood metal ions, but because shards of metal had also been found in patients with these devices. Styker is facing many lawsuits from patients who have experienced everything from ongoing tissue inflammation at the site of the device, to early device failure, to bone death. Importantly, Stryker is only one of several hip replacement device manufacturers who have faced major device recalls in the last several years.

A new study set out to evaluate the blood serum levels of Chromium, Cobalt, and Titanium within the first 2 years following hip replacement with the Titanium Modular Neck system total hip replacement device. To do this 25 patients randomly received a metal on metal device (MoM) which is the type with the known metal wear issue, and 25 patients received a Titanium modular neck system which is a metal on polyethylene device with a Titanium shell (MoP), the new type intended to reduce wear particles.  The results were concerning. The MoM and MoP devices caused similar increases in Titanium, Cobalt and Chromium by the end of the first year. However, the MoM device had slightly lower levels of Titanium by the end of the second year. So, the device designed to replace the original Metal on Metal hip replacement implant raised metal blood levels more than what it was supposed to replace!

The upshot?  By trying to fix the problem of wear particles and increases in toxic metal ions in the blood of hip replacement patients engineers seem to have made it worse!  The bottom line is there is no safe hip replacement option right now, which should concern anyone considering having this invasive surgery.

Category: Hip, Latest News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

4 thoughts on “Pretty Much All Hip Implants Raise Metal Blood Levels…

  1. Russ Delaney

    Let’s say a person has already got a hip replacement, or will have to get one because they are not a good candidate for any of the available regenerative treatments that you provide, is there anything they can do post-surgically to reduce the burden of these metal fragments to their bodys and immune system? For example intravenous chelation treaments or some oral chelating agents.

    1. Regenexx Team

      Russ,

      It depends on the type of prosthesis or implant used. Cobalt cannot be chelated…

  2. Billie

    I really like your site but I have a question: my sister is having a hip replacement. What is her best choice: titanium or cobalt?

    1. Regenexx Team

      Billie,
      Metal allergy testing before that decision is important. It’s also important to make sure that the chosen Hip replacement is waiting at the time of surgery in the correct size. Unfortunately, both Cobalt and Titanium have serious issues. Please see: https://regenexx.com/blog/hip-replacement-complications/

Chris Centeno, MD

Regenexx Founder

Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications.
View Profile

Get Blog Updates by Email

Get fresh updates and insights from Regenexx delivered straight to your inbox.

Find a Regenexx Provider

Regenexx is a world-wide network of specially trained physicians providing the world's most advanced, research-driven, regenerative-medicine treatments in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Regenerative procedures are commonly used to treat musculoskelatal trauma, overuse injuries, and degenerative issues, including failed surgeries.
Select Your Problem Area
Shoulder

Shoulder

Many Shoulder and Rotator Cuff injuries are good candidates for regenerative treatments. Before considering shoulder arthroscopy or shoulder replacement, consider an evaluation of your condition with a regenerative treatment specialist.

  • Rotator Cuff Tears and Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Instability
  • SLAP Tear / Labral Tears
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Other Degenerative Conditions & Overuse Injuries
Learn More
Cervical Spine

Spine

Many spine injuries and degenerative conditions are good candidates for regenerative treatments and there are a number of studies showing promising results in treating a wide range of spine problems. Spine surgery should be a last resort for anyone, due to the cascade of negative effects it can have on the areas surrounding the surgery. And epidural steroid injections are problematic due to their long-term negative impact on bone density.

  • Herniated, Bulging, Protruding Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • SI Joint Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Pinched Nerves and General Back Pain
  • And more
Learn More
Knee

Knees

Knees are the target of many common sports injuries. Sadly, they are also the target of a number of surgeries that research has frequently shown to be ineffective or minimally effective. Knee arthritis can also be a common cause for aging athletes to abandon the sports and activities they love. Regenerative procedures can be used to treat a wide range of knee injuries and conditions. They can even be used to reduce pain and delay knee replacement for more severe arthritis.

  • Knee Meniscus Tears
  • Knee ACL Tears
  • Knee Instability
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Other Knee Ligaments / Tendons & Overuse Injuries
  • And more
Learn More
Lower Spine

Spine

Many spine injuries and degenerative conditions are good candidates for regenerative treatments and there are a number of studies showing promising results in treating a wide range of spine problems. Spine surgery should be a last resort for anyone, due to the cascade of negative effects it can have on the areas surrounding the surgery. And epidural steroid injections are problematic due to their long-term negative impact on bone density.

  • Herniated, Bulging, Protruding Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • SI Joint Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Pinched Nerves and General Back Pain
  • And more
Learn More
Hand & Wrist

Hand & Wrist

Hand and wrist injuries and arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and conditions relating to overuse of the thumb, are good candidates for regenerative treatments. Before considering surgery, consider an evaluation of your condition with a regenerative treatment specialist.
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger
  • Thumb Arthritis (Basal Joint, CMC, Gamer’s Thumb, Texting Thumb)
  • Other conditions that cause pain
Learn More
Elbow

Elbow

Most injuries of the elbow’s tendons and ligaments, as well as arthritis, can be treated non-surgically with regenerative procedures.

  • Golfer’s elbow & Tennis elbow
  • Arthritis
  • Ulnar collateral ligament wear (common in baseball pitchers)
  • And more
Learn More
Hip

Hip

Hip injuries and degenerative conditions become more common with age. Do to the nature of the joint, it’s not quite as easy to injure as a knee, but it can take a beating and pain often develops over time. Whether a hip condition is acute or degenerative, regenerative procedures can help reduce pain and may help heal injured tissue, without the complications of invasive surgical hip procedures.

  • Labral Tear
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Hip Sprain, Tendonitis or Inflammation
  • Hip Instability
Learn More
Foot & Ankle

Foot & Ankle

Foot and ankle injuries are common in athletes. These injuries can often benefit from non-surgical regenerative treatments. Before considering surgery, consider an evaluation of your condition with a regenerative treatment specialist.
  • Ankle Arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ligament sprains or tears
  • Other conditions that cause pain
Learn More

Is Regenexx Right For You?

Request a free Regenexx Info Packet

REGENEXX WEBINARS

Learn about the #1 Stem Cell & Platelet Procedures for treating arthritis, common joint injuries & spine pain.

Join a Webinar

RECEIVE BLOG ARTICLES BY EMAIL

Get fresh updates and insights from Regenexx delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to the Blog

FOLLOW US

Copyright © Regenexx 2020. All rights reserved. | Privacy Policy

*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx® Procedures have a success and failure rate. Patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else.

Providers listed on the Regenexx website are for informational purposes only and are not a recommendation from Regenexx for a specific provider or a guarantee of the outcome of any treatment you receive.

LinkedIn
Email