Do I need to get a blood test done to check for metal poisoning if I have had a DePuy hip implant in a Kentucky hospital?

If you had hip replacement surgery at Norton Hospital, University Hospital, or another Louisville or Kentucky facility, then one of your concerns may be developing metallosis or metal poisoning from the implant. This potentially serious side effect has been linked to metal-on-metal hip implants such as the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System.

Whether you need a blood test now to check for excessive metals in your blood stream is a matter that you should discuss with your doctor. You may need a routine blood test or your doctor may review the symptoms of metallosis with you and urge you to get a blood test after you first develop symptoms of this serious condition.

Blood Tests Aren’t the Only Tests for Metallosis

Your doctor may also recommend other types of tests such as:

  • MRIs
  • X-Rays
  • Withdrawing fluid from a joint

You should speak with your doctor about the best way to promptly diagnosis metal poisoning so that you can get the treatment that you need not only to feel better, but also to potentially save your life.

What If the Blood Test Is Positive?

If you do develop metallosis then it is important to get the medical treatment that you need and to learn more about your legal rights and possible recovery. You can start getting answers to your questions immediately by reading our free report, Defective Hip Replacements & Implants: Should You Take Legal Action? and by contacting us via this website for a free and confidential consultation.

Mark K. Gray
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Louisville attorney serving the seriously injured in Kentucky