Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants-a Technology Overview by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons ( 1 of x) http://www.mydepuyhiprecall.com/2012/10/metal-on-metal-hip-implants-technology.html
I just completed my follow up on the metal levels in my body over time (pre and post surgery). You can see the levels below: (my revision took place in November of 2011.
|chromium Blood||Cobalt Blood||chromium Serum||Cobalt Serum||Cr24 hour urine||Co 24 hour urine|
|1/4/2011||28 mcg/l||34 mcg/l|
|2/9/2011||21.6 ug/l||24 ug/l|
|3/29/2011||46.85 ng/l||28.5 ng/ml|
|3/8/2012||7.5 mg/l||2.5 mg/l|
I am really taken aback at the levels found in the literature summarized by the American Academy of Ortho surgeons (AAOS) from their literature survey. Specifically, I was interested in seeing the low levels of Cr and Co pre and post revision vs my levels. My levels were really high compared to what was found in the literature. See that table for Chromium levels and cobalt levels from the various studies