In an effort to answer this question for myself, I have ordered the medical studies conducted on these implants to try and get clarity on this question.
I personally have found the conflicting information quite distressing and I am close to concluding that no one knows the answers. In light of that, I thought it might be prudent to examine the studies myself to at least highlight the constancies and inconsistencies I find.
Yesterday, I sent out a note to some of my friends in the medical community whose opinions I value as being objective and informed and was surprised to receive a first answer back yesterday. Based one observation, the first MD thought I should strongly consider removing this hip. This is a conservative MD. I would characterize her as smart, cerebral and thoughtful. Gee, her response really made me think.
So, I will begin reporting on what I find in my search to help make this decision:
As a patent who is not experiencing constant pain but who has the following symptoms, should the hip be removed? Yes or No?:
After having spent a month combing the web news stories, blogs and other sources, I am ready to dive into the medical literature. While I have no medical training, I am very interested in what I find in reading the studies myself.
More as I uncover the studies.