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Muscle Atrophy. Hip Implant Complication

Our colleagues at Weisman, Kennedy & Berris offer insight on a recent article about the muscle atrophy of hip implants. If you have a hip implant and are experiencing problems, please call our attorneys for a complementary case evaluation.

Muscle atrophy is a well-known complication from metal-on-metal hip implants.  A recent article discussed changes in soft tissue seen on MRIs over time with patients implanted with metal-on-metal modular stemmed prostheses and hip resurfacings.  The median implantation time was 7 years. The authors described the muscle atrophy and pseudotumor formation that develops as part of the inflammatory response to metal wear debris and concluded that both worsen over time. This information could assist doctors with management of their patients with THAs to consider earlier revision surgery to prevent permanent muscle destruction.

See Berber, R. et al. Muscle atrophy and metal-on-metal hip implants, Acta Orthopaedica, 86, 351-357 (2015)

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