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Metal-on-Metal Hip Patients – Review Update

Earlier this year concern was raised about potential issues with metal on metal hip implants. ROH took a proactive and comprehensive approach and tried to contact all patients who might have been affected adversely following use of such an implant. We issued a questionnaire designed to identify patients at risk in order to allow us to make contact with them and also to allay fears in others who were symptom free.

A total of 3047 letters and questionnaires were sent out to patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements and resurfacings at the end of March 2012.

Thank you to all our patients who have completed and returned their questionnaire to the ROH.

To date 1726 patients have returned the questionnaires and out of this cohort 503 patients have been identified as requiring further investigations blood tests and x-rays. A total of 411 have already attended for their appointment.

The remaining 92 patients have now been booked appointments before the end of August.

Unfortunately, the results of tests are taking longer than expected to be returned to the hospital and can take up to 8 weeks to be received and reviewed. 

Currently results have been received back for 220 patients and 18 patients have required further investigations either an MRI scan or an ultrasound scan.

If any patient who received a questionnaire has not yet returned it please could you do so as soon as possible using the pre-paid envelope we sent. If you need a new copy of the questionnaire please contact your Consultants secretary.

We will be contacting other patients shortly with a questionnaire and if you receive one please do send it back to us as soon as you can so that we can ensure your health interests are protected.

If you have been a hip patient at ROH and think you may have had a metal-on-metal implant but have not been contacted, or have any further questions please contact Mrs Lesley Brash Advanced Nurse Practitioner on 0121 685 4000 or your Consultant’s secretary.

For more information on metal on metal implants and the potential problems they cause, please click here  

1 Comment

  • R A Hall says:

    I have had both hips resurfaced, and they seem to be fine to me! I understand that this type of operation is technically more difficult than the more straightforward total hip replacement. I believe that there is some concerted effort to discredit resurfacing, which I think is a great pity for future patients who stand to benefit.

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