Warning about the dangers of metal hip implants


January 17, 2013 3:50:45 PM PST
All metal hip implants have become a major cause of concern following several safety issues, user complaints and even recalls.

The federal government warned consumers Thursday that the metal on the implants can cause soft tissue damage, pain and in the long run, lead to further surgery to replace the implant.

The FDA said all metal implants can shed metal where two components connect.

That metal will cause wear and tear of the implant and can damage bone and soft tissue that's surrounding the implant.

Officials advise consumers to talk to your doctor about the risks and possible alternatives.