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What should I do if I have a metal-on-metal hip?

A series of product recalls involving prosthetic hips occurred recently. The design of these hips led to the release of toxic levels of cobalt and chromium (the metal the hips are made of) into the patients who receive them.  These metals cause extensive tissue damage in the hip and other areas of the body. This usually requires additional surgery to repair. Kershaw, Cook & Talley, P.C. currently handles cases involving the following types of hips:  DePuy Pinnacle, DePuy ASR;, Stryker Accolade;, Stryker Rejuvenate;, Stryker ABG II;, Biomet, and Wright Medical.

Many individuals are unsure what to do when they find out their metal-on-metal hip is defective or recalled. Kershaw, Cook & Talley, P.C. recommends the following steps:

A) Find out what hip you have. There are various ways to do this:

  1. Contact your orthopedic surgeon by phone. 
  2. Request a copy of your medical records in writing from the orthopedic surgeon’s office or hospital where the surgery was performed. 
  3. Check your implant card. Often times, after surgery, your doctor gives you an implant card which states the hip name and type. 

B) Check to see if your hip implant was officially recalled (if not, you may still have a case).

  1. You might have received a recall letter notifying you that your hip implant was recalled.
  2. If you did not receive a letter, ask your doctor if your hip implant was recalled.

C) Have your blood tested for cobalt and chromium:

  1. Tell your doctor you want to get your blood tested specifically for cobalt and chromium.

 

D) Get a MARS MRI:

 

  1. MARS MRI stands for Metal Artifact Reduction Sequence MRIA MARS MRI is an imaging technique which minimizes metal artifact (i.e. parts of the implant) while maintaining image quality.
  2. You will most likely have to request this imaging study from your orthopedic surgeon.

Call our office for a free case consultation and if you have any more questions regarding your metal-on-metal hip.

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