Even Asymptomatic Patients Could Be Experiencing Metal Related Complications from Orthopedic Devices.
An article by Dr. Johannes Cip and his colleagues recounts the reintroduction of Metal on Metal orthopedic devices and the injuries resulting from the byproducts of their wear and corrosion. Although the authors found a consistent decrease in Blood Cobalt and Chromium following removal of the devices, they also noted increased rates of complications following these removal surgeries. While the authors noted that early intervention was helpful to the patients’ prognoses, they observed an inexactness in determining implant failure. According to their study, there can be a poor correlation between preoperative testing (blood and radiologic) and intraoperative findings or post-operative complications. The authors also identified patients with pseudotumors and metallosis who were reportedly asymptomatic. See Cip, J. et al. (2015). Revision of Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) Total Hip Arthroplasty: Correlation of Perioperative Data and Early Post-Revision Outcome Results, Journal of Arthroplasty, Epub (2015).
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