ALERT: Routine Testing for Metal Ion Levels in Blood Not Recommended Currently for All Metal-on-Metal Hip Resurfacing Patients

The Advisory Committee overseeing the Alberta HIP study does not currently recommend routine testing for metal ion levels in patients who have had a metal-on-metal hip resurfacing. The committee advises metal-on-metal hip resurfacing patients to contact their orthopaedic surgeon if they are experiencing problems in their resurfaced hip.

Alberta HIP is a long-term study, begun in 2004, comparing the safety and effectiveness of metal-on-metal hip resurfacing with conventional total hip replacement. Currently, more than 1,000 Albertans are participating. They will be followed for 10 years from their surgery date.

The health significance of elevated metal ions in the blood has not yet been determined.

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JOIN US IN THE WALK TO FIGHT ARTHRITIS

ABJHI has teamed up with the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network to create the Bone and Joint Health Team for the Walk to Fight Arthritis. Please join us by clicking on MORE INFO below and registering for the Walk. By registering, you join a passionate community that is determined to build awareness and raise funds for arthritis research.

Organized by The Arthritis Society, the Walk to Fight Arthritis will stretch across Canada on June 5, uniting families, friends and organizations in one common goal: to help over 4.6 million Canadians who live with arthritis every day.

Calgary Location

Eau Claire Market and Bow River Pathways
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Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park
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