UK body for regulating medical devices has recommended that patients going through metal hip implant should get themselves medically checked at least once in a year. The recommendations were made following a revelation that the metal implants wearout in some of the patients.
The implant thus can seriously damage the bones and hip tissues of a patient. The recommendations have been added to the guidelines of ‘metal-on-metal’ (MoM) hip implants. However, the patients with smaller metal devices\cements\plastic are not required to go for medical checkup annually.
The checkups are in fact precautionary measures to ensure that the health of the patient is not being jeopardized by the implant. Implants have made the world go crazy as earlier breast implants caused medical experts to ponder over the safety of its usage and now the hip implants are causing a stir among the medical experts.
Just like breast implants, for the hip implants various type and quality of metals are used. However, guidelines have already been placed to help the surgeons in deciding an effective and safe metal for hip implant.
It is believed that patients seeking metal hip implants are at a greater risk of experiencing serious health problem. It has been revealed that the friction caused in the implants produces chemical fragments which are called ions. The chemical fragments can be leaked in the body through blood and thus may cause inflammation.
It has been reported that in the UK, about 65,000 people opted for metal hip implants. Out of them, about 49,000 would be required to get their implants medical checked at least once in a year. Besides, doctors have been advised to remove the implants if problems are being faced by the patients.