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Metal-on-metal hips were first marketed as providing a greater range of motion and longer lasting use for patients. However, due to poor design and performance of certain artificial hips, failure rates have rapidly increased. Medical device manufacturers Stryker and DuPuy both created and promoted products that did not undergo proper testing. As a result, many have suffered.

Reports have revealed that metal debris can slough off the artificial hip device, causing damage to surrounding tissue and entry into the bloodstream. A defective artificial hip can lead to serious conditions such as hip dislocation, disability, and permanent damage.

Two years ago, the FDA ended distribution of Stryker's Rejuvenate and ABG II artificial hip devices. Health concerns associated with these hip systems included:

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