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Metal on Metal Hip Replacements

An independent safety group, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), issued an alert in March 2012 regarding certain types of hip replacement that have been used over the past 10 years or so. The MHRA said that replacements may come loose, may develop local swellings around the hip joint and may be associated with some other problems. This has been publicised by television, radio and newspapers.

Along with all other hospitals in the UK, Northampton General Hospital will be following the guidance issued by the MHRA to contact all patients with these hip replacements to arrange follow up appointments to check for associated complications. This may involve blood tests or scans.

There are many types of hip replacement and only a few specific types have been associated with problems.

We are currently drawing up a list of all patients treated with these “metal on metal” hips and will be sending individual letters when the list is complete.

In the meantime you do not need to do anything in respect of this alert.

If you have a hip replacement (of any type) and develop new symptoms relating to the hip you should arrange to see your GP as you normally would

Posted on Friday 16th March 2012