Reassurances offered to hospital hip replacement patients

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Staff at Milton Keynes Hospital have released a statement to ease fears regarding patients who have had hip replacement operations.

The statement said: “There have been reports in the national media this week relating to metal on metal hip replacements causing problems and releasing metal ions in the form of toxins locally in the hip and into the blood of patients in whom they have been implanted.

“Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust would like to reassure local people that according to our records, since the introduction of metal on metal technology, no metal on metal hip replacement has ever been implanted in a patient in Milton Keynes Hospital.

“The Trust uses established safe technology using ceramic or polyethylene sockets for all hip replacements at the hospital, and these are in no way related to the reports on metal on metal hips in the media.

“For hip replacement patients who have had surgery in Milton Keynes Hospital you are most assuredly safe from any of the reported issues in the media.

“The Trauma and Orthopaedic Department at the Trust made the decision not to take on the new technology of metal on metal hip replacements five years ago, as it was felt that at the time, the results of polyethylene or ceramic as articulating surfaces in total hip replacements had a safer and better track record than the results for metal on metal. This has subsequently been proven to be the case.

“If any hip replacement patients have any remaining concerns regarding the above information, please contact your Orthopaedic Consultant at the Trust.”