Most likely the cause is from the friction and rubbing together of the two metal surfaces of your hip implant. Small dust-like particles of the metals sheer off and spread through your body via your bloodstream. During revision surgery, doctors are finding dark discolored fluid and dead tissue in the body’s joint area surrounding the metal on metal hip. All patients with recalled metal on metal hip replacements should be evaluated for the level of serum cobalt and chromium in their system.
What are Considered High Levels of Cobalt and Chromium?
DePuy Orthopedics, Inc. has released a report stating that concentrations greater than 7 parts per billion of cobalt and/or chromium are of concern. If either is the case, you should get another blood test within three months of the first one. If the second blood test shows a concentration of cobalt and chromium still above 7 parts per billion, your doctor will likely recommend a MARS MRI and/or ultrasound and more testing.
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Even with no physical symptoms, your body could still be facing health issues in the future associated with metal debris from your implant. That’s why it’s important to contact an attorney now before time runs out on your claim. You can reach the Nash and Franciskato Law Firm by calling toll free (877) 284-6600 or you can fill out our online contact form.