Many different studies have investigated the cancer risk of metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to recent research, a hip implantation patient’s chances of contracting cancer are low; however, investigators admit that a long-term study is necessary to properly asses the risk.
On September 14, the UK National Joint Registry (NJR) released a report on whether metal-on-metal hip implants increase the risk of cancer more than other devices, such as metal-on-polyethelene. Using data collected between implantation and seven years of follow-up testing, the report found no association between metal devices and cancer.
The NJR commented that while the outlook is good, the devices should continue to be monitored because many different types of cancers can take longer to become apparent.
The cancer question was raised after medical professionals noticed that the metal-on-metal hip implants release microscopic metal particles into the bloodstream. Patients who received these devices often have elevated levels of toxic metals, such as cobalt and chromium, in their bloodstream, causing doctors to worry about an increased cancer risk.
While there is not yet a clear answer on cancer risk, there are still many reasons to be worried about recalled hip replacements in Kentucky. The all-metal hip implants have positively been linked with a number of health problems, including dislocation, allergic reaction, bone loss, fractures, and high failure rates.
If someone you love has suffered hip implant side effects in Louisville, we can help. Call Gray and White today at (800) 634-8767 for FREE legal advice on your hip replacement case.