Saturday 21 April 2012

Investigation for Metal on Metal Hip Implants

Article by
Kevin Timms

It is widely accepted that there are inherent problems with metal on metal hip implants. Anyone who has a metal on metal hip implant and has experienced adverse symptoms should be seeking advice from their care providers. However, in the experience of Garden House Solicitors, there are some care providers who are not familiar with the investigation process and where this is the case, patients should request a proper investigation in line with MHRA advice.

Where a patient is known to have a metal on metal hip implant the general advice is that a blood test to measure the levels of cobalt and chromium ions should be taken. A second blood test should be carried out three months later to consider any change in the ion levels.

An MRI scan should be carried out in all cases where adverse symptoms are present or where no symptoms are present but metal ion levels are high.

If the MRI shows abnormalities or cobalt chromium ions levels are above 7ppb it suggest that there has been a soft tissue reaction to the metal ions. If this is the case then the patient and surgeon should consider whether revision surgery would be appropriate.

In the event your investigation shows that there may be high levels of cobalt or chromium ions levels or there may be a pseudotumour present then you may be entitled to make a defective hip implant claim. For free advice on whether you are entitled to make a metal on metal hip implant claim please call Kevin Timms on 01992 422 128 or email Kevin at

Tel: 01992 422 128

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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