Saturday, July 30, 2011

Research questions re Chromium 3

Hey guys, just wanted to make a point prior to my proceeding to the 5 subsequent posts.  I remember a conversation I had with one of my surgical  consults when he was reviewing my case.  He asked me two questions:

(1) We don't want to create mass hysteria do we [over these kinds of questions?]
(2) You don' think Depuy invented a hip with the thought in mind to harm anyone do you?

The obvious answer from any educated person would be unequivocally no to both of the above BUT...

If no one can answer  questions because we just don't know the answers,  we must to continue to ask them until some research funds are allocated to answer the questions.  When are adequate research dollars going to be allocated to deal with these carcinogenic issues?  Why don't we have key research teams around the country working on these issues now?  Why are most of the articles I will be looking at in the next 5 posts date from journal articles that are referenced   from 1983 -2004? 1983....this is stuff from 30 years ago?  How can the most recent information on intracellular effects re these metal ions come from something published from 7 years ago?

All mind boggling isn't it?

I have been all over the country consulting with the best experts in this matter and my local surgeon had the best synopsis of this whole thing re the hips:  "Its all murky."  I have never seen a better synopsis of what we know about the implications of the MOM issue. 

I think there are quite a bit of interesting seeds that have been sown in the research so we as a patients must insist that this research be funded. As a patient, it is not comforting  to have no solid conclusions as to what is in store for me long term as a result of this metal issue.  I can assure you of one thing, after having gone through volumes of one knows.  No medical professional will tell you that there are no long term issues with MOM implants....because they just don't know.

You can count on me to continue to ask questions until someone knows the answers.

I am the first person who will stand up and say this Depuy hip changed my quality of life when I had it put in 5 years ago so I will be forever grateful for being given the opportunity to walk normally again. I think I said that is my first post.  It may be that I have been given that opportunity with a set of unidentified risks.  My search to mitigate those risks going forward continues.    Had I known these risks, I may have looked at alternate devices.  Hindsight is always 20/20.

Please look at the inquires into the carcinogenic issues, DNA changes etc as that; inquiries into what long term systemic effects we may have in store for us.


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