Problems with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Canadian Institute Health Survey Reaffirms


It has become abundantly clear as a result of numerous medical studies and reports of complications to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that metal-on-metal hip implants are disastrous for patients. Our experienced attorneys know that metal-on-metal products are marketed primarily to younger and more active individuals with the promise that these new medical devices will last longer than traditional hip implant systems. Unfortunately, it seems the exact opposite is true.


The high failure rate of metal-on-metal hip implants has been confirmed in yet another in-depth study, this one conducted by the Canadian Institute for Health. As reported by CBC News Health, the study showed that  the failure rate of metal-on-metal devices was not just higher, but was around twice as high as the chances of failure with metal-on-plastic implants.

Canadian Health Institute Survey Shows High Failure Rates of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Products 

The Canadian Institute for Health study involved a review of 56,942 hip surgeries that were performed from 2003 through 2011 throughout Canada.  Of the hip implant surgeries included in the study:

  • Twenty-three percent of patients had received metal-on-plastic implants.
  • Nine percent of patients had received metal-on-metal implants.
  • Eight percent of patients had received ceramic-on-ceramic implants.
  • Five percent of patients had received ceramic-on-plastic implants.

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