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Metal-on-metal hip implants leave some recipients in pain, at risk
Sacramento Bee

By his early 60s, Michael Stieler had worn out the cartilage in his right hip with a lifetime of running, hang gliding and carpentry work. Surgery to replace the hip in 2007 provided enormous relief for the Sonora man – for a year.

“And then all heck broke loose,” said Stieler, now 68. “It hurt. I couldn’t even walk on it.”

He and his wife, Darlene, weren’t surprised when a notice arrived last September from the company that manufactured his artificial hip, DePuy Orthopaedics: