Our Hip Check Test will measure the levels of chromium and cobalt in your blood and identify whether they are at a safe or toxic level.
Depending on the type of hip replacement performed, either a metal ball is used in an artificial joint, or alternatively the joint surfaces are replaced with metal inserts. The metal mixtures used in both contain both chromium and cobalt.
As hip replacements wear down, metal particles can be released from the artificial hip and react with the soft tissues (muscle and ligaments) and consequently enter the blood stream producing toxic levels of chromium and cobalt in the blood.
Our Hip Check test is for people who have had a hip replacement using a DePuy ASR artificial hip, as they may have been exposed to dangerous levels of chromium and cobalt.
There are no definitive symptoms of chromium and cobalt toxicity, however if you have had a DePuy ASR hip replacement and/or are experiencing pain, we urge you to take our Hip Check
We will send you your Hip-Check blood sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Hip-Check includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.