Hip Replacements could cause toxic metal poisoning
It has come to light that people who have had metal on metal hip implants could be at risk of toxic metal poisoning
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) openly acknowledged that there was a “small risk” the implants could cause complications. They have subsequently issued an alert to orthopaedic surgeons, who must now contact affected patients, which is estimated at 50,000.
People with these implants will need annual checkup to ensure that there is no damage to the bone or surrounding muscles.
It is thought that friction between the 2 metal surfaces produce small metal fragments called ions which could enter the blood supply.
The BMJ who did the investigation critices the US and European regulators for failing to run follow studies with patients who had the implants which were known to be capable of producing toxic debris. Further reading on Daily Mail or The Independent.
Anyone who has had this type of hip replacement should contact a medical negligence solicitor to discuss their concerns.