Squeaky ceramic hip replacements

The New York Times published an article today on a subject that would be kind of funny if it wasn’t so serious.

Apparently a number of patients who received new ceramic hip replacements, which (were thought to(?)) have the advantage of a longer duration period than their steel and plastic counterparts, are experiencing squeaking from the implants during even normal movements. One fellow in particular has found this particularly irritating: “It can interrupt sex when my wife starts laughing,” he said.

These sometimes irritating and at least distracting sounds could signal more important problems. Healthcare professionals are concerned that the lifespan of the implant may not be as good as expected, but the main fear of some doctors is that the implants may break, leaving a mess of ceramic shards in the surrounding tissues.

Nevertheless, orthopedic surgeons are suggesting a watchful waiting approach, unless the squeaking is accompanied by more serious complications. Indeed, undergoing a second surgery to fix the problem may be worse than the problem itself.

Read the article: “That Must Be Bob. I Hear His New Hip Squeaking.” (strangely in the business section)

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