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As originally asked by Wesley Thomas.
What do you think of Johnson & Johnson’s decision to completely phase out their metal hip implants?
I believe that there is a way to prevent metal on metal contact. We are at a point in the industry where the new biomaterials have to resemble that which they are replacing to a greater degree.
DR. MICHAEL WARD
Remember thalidomide? A drug that was once taken off the market, for justifiable reasons, has made a comeback with other indications and more stringent controls over usage. So, we should not write off hip implants with metal just yet. it’s up to the creative element of the orthopedic industry to figure out a way to prevent metal on metal contact. I am not suggesting there is a way. I am merely suggesting it may be premature to nail the coffin shut.
Joshua Patton, MBA
As long as an electrochemical gradient of any sort exists between the metal and the body, it can be degraded. I am interested to see what the next choice for orthopedic biomaterials will be.
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