A recent study in Symposium posed the question of whether metal ions released from arthroplasty reach levels comparable to that of workers in heavy metal industries.  The metal ions are most commonly cleared through urine, meaning that high enough levels can lead to renal damage.  The study, published by Dr. Massimo Corradi et al. (2011), aimed at determining if patients who have had metal-on-metal hips for a 10-year period have the early renal markers which may indicate renal damage.

The study determined that at the 10-year mark, the metal levels were comparable with those who have not received metal-on-metal hips, indicating that renal damage was not yet connected with the metal levels caused by metal-on-metal hips.  The same study also determined that further research was required to determine the longer-term effects of metal-on-metal hips as the determined low-intensity but long-term trace element exposure of this procedure can result in potential nephrotoxicity.

If you have suffered any malfunctioning of the kidneys after a metal-on-metal hip replacement, it may be connected to the trace element exposure following metal-on-metal hip arthroplasty.  Please contact us if you have experienced any of the effects of renal damage as it may be connected with the use of a potentially dangerous exposure to metal trace elements from arthroplasty involving metal-on-metal joints.

At your convenience, you may reach our team of hip replacement lawyers by phone at (855) 452-5529 or by e-mail at justinian@dangerousdrugs.us.   Call today and see how we can help!