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Readers warn people with metal hip implants to have their blood checked for metal ions

“If you have a metal-on-metal (hip) replacement, it is imperative to have the metal ion test as soon as possible,” warned BJackson, in a comment on Missoulian’s Letters to the Editor. “My neighbor’s wife passed away a little over a year ago because of cobalt and chromium poisoning. .. she had the offending metal-on-metal (hip implant) removed and a new hip put in, (but) it was too late for her. They had spent three years telling her that she had ALS, but they were incorrect, and it was the metal-on-metal (hip implant) that killed her.” The comment was posted in ... Read More

Ireland orders review for all patients with metal artificial hips

Irish health regulators have ordered a major review of all patients with artificial hips made with all metal parts. The order follows an investigation last year by the United Kingdom’s medical devices regulatory agency during which it was recommended that patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement systems be checked on a regular basis for indications of device failure and a type of metal poisoning caused when the device begins to corrode. Traditional hip implants are made with ceramic or plastic parts. A decade ago manufacturers introduced devices made with all metal parts expecting they would be more durable. However, the devices ... Read More

Defective all-metal hip implants can poison blood of recipients

Dean Donovan’s artificial hip seemed to work just fine. The 45-year-old New Zealander had surgery six years ago to treat pain and disability. In recent years he had heard concerns about metal-on-metal hip implants, like his made by Durom. The devices were prone to failing prematurely and in some cases leeching metal ions into the blood. Patients with this type of blood poisoning reported symptoms such as fatigue and headaches. Doctors say the long-term effects are unknown but researchers say the metal debris could damage DNA and lead to serious health problems, including cancer. A few months ago, Donovan received ... Read More

Patients with metal hips should be checked by doctor annually

People who have received metal-on-metal hip replacement systems should be checked by a doctor every year for as long as they have the implant to ensure the implant isn’t failing or poisoning their blood, says the UK regulator of medical devices. Metal-on-metal hip implants were introduced a decade ago as a more durable artificial hip. Traditional hip implants are made with plastic or ceramic parts, but several manufacturers began offering all-metal versions. The design turned out to be a major flaw. Most hip implants can last 20 years or more, but the newer metal-on-metal devices were beginning to fail at a ... Read More