Which Hip Implant Do You Have?
Metal-on-metal hip implants, as well as a few modular hip models, have come under recent scrutiny for their potential to cause metal wear debris. The most important thing to determine whether you have a case is to determine exactly what type of hip model was implanted into your body. Figuring out which hip implant you have can require some effort.
The quickest and easiest way to find out which type of hip you have is to contact your orthopedic surgeon directly by phone. In many instances, the surgeon or his assistant will pull your file and tell you over the phone exactly what type of hip you have.
However, we have realized that many times surgeon’s offices are very busy and are not responsive to patient’s requests for information. If this happens to you, the best approach is to formally request a copy of your medical records from either your surgeon or the hospital where your surgery was performed, in writing. By law, both your doctor and the admitting hospital are required to provide you with your records.
Once you receive your medical records, the next step is to find out which type of hip was implanted into your body. There are generally two places where this can be found. First, you should begin by looking for a document called an “operative report.” An operative report is a written report that describes in detail what your surgeon did and observed during your hip operation. Most of the time, the operative report will list the make and model of the prosthetic hip used in your surgery.
If the operative report does not adequately describe the type of hip that was used in your body, the second thing to look for is “product ID stickers.” Whenever a hip is used in a surgery, each component of the hip comes in a box that has a detachable sticker affixed to it. The sticker has a bar code and identifies the make, model, and serial number for the enclosed part. Many surgeons will detach the stickers from the box and then simply attach them to a piece of paper that is inserted into the patient’s medical records. The document with the product ID stickers will tell you exactly what type of hip was inserted into your body.
Based on our research, the following metal-on-metal hip implant devices may contribute to elevated cobalt and chromium blood levels. If you or a loved one has been implanted with a potentially defective device or other device model you believe is causing elevated metal levels, please contact us.
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