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.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
View results securely in your own personal dashboard.
Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
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.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Hip-Check results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to mymedichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Hip-Check results.
Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.