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Columnist: Preemptive implant removal a bad idea

A medical columnist for the British newspaper Daily Mail writes that patients should not get all-metal hip implants removed simply because they’re worried over recent reports about the devices.

Dr. Ellie Cannon acknowledged that patients who received the implants in question are likely to be alarmed about two widely reported problems. The first problem associated with these implants is that studies show the all-metal variety of artificial hip fails at a substantially earlier rate than other types, causing pain and loss of mobility for people who have it. The second is that wear on the artificial joint causes metal debris to break off and damage surrounding tissue.

Because of the second concern, the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency recently recommended that people who received the all-metal implants get monitored every year for as long as they have the devices. Previously, the agency recommended that the monitoring take place for five years after hip replacement.

But removal surgery comes with inherent risks of its own, and patients shouldn’t undergo it if their blood tests are normal and they aren’t in pain, Cannon writes.

Contact Lopez McHugh for a free case evaluation if you received a DePuy Orthopaedics hip implant and are experiencing side-effects.

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