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This scientific article is worth a close read – I have more work to do on it and the papers it cites BUT is quite clear about elevated cobalt and chrome levels in patients with cobalt chrome BHR and other devices fitted.
Metal on Metal Hip Resurfacing as an Alternative to Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Technology Assessment
Leah Karliner, MD, MAS, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco. To download the article – click here
And this one too!
Catastrophic failure due to aggressive metallosis 4 years after hip resurfacing in a woman in her forties—a case report. Click here to download PDF
Thord von Schewelov and Lennart Sanzén; Department of Orthopedics, Lund University, Malmö University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden
Correspondence: Thord.von_Schewelov@med.lu.se Acta Orthopaedica 2010; 81 (3): 402–404
I am going though this now after Smith and Nephew implants in 2007 & 2008. Thanks for the pics. I am frustrated that they do not have a better solution than ripping these things out by brute force and doing a THR.
Please post any viable options to THR solutions. Again, thank you!
I understand – it is a big issue that has yet to be fully exposed.
The THR is one of the most successful operations in the world but the trouble is that at an individual level, the price of success is paid for in months of pain.
And then you get some firms, typified by J&J DePuy, who are not doing their homework and harming 10’s of thousands who used to trust them.
Smith and Nephew have a better track record and I think there is evidence there that they are better biomedical engineers but they all seem to make the fundamental mistake of using unstable metallic compounds that break down in the warm salty environment that is our body – killing tissue and bone, as they did in my case and yours.
Our time will come.