JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Steven Starrett, 34, had his first hip replacement surgery in 2007, his second in 2008, and is scheduled for yet another surgery this year.
"I've been healthy my whole life until they put metal in my body," he said.
Starrett has what he calls a metal-on-metal hip implant. He said it is wearing out in his body.
"There are very high levels of Cobalt, Chromium, and mercury and lead in my blood," said Starrett.
He is worried about what is the long term effect of high levels of the metals in his system.
"The last thing the doctor told me was 'we're going to put this new metal-on-metal implant and you should get ten to 15 years out of it; you're a young man,'" said Starrett.
There have been many recalls for hip implant devices, but apparently the device Starrett is wearing is not on the list, which makes him wonder why not?