What to do if you have a metal hip implant

You should ask your doctor if you don’t know which type of replacement you have, or if you’ve got any worries about your hip implant. Patients who have MoM implants should ensure they attend any follow-up appointments as usual, and can consult the hip implant pages on NHS Choices for any further updates.

Consult your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • pain in the groin, hip or leg
  • swelling at or near the hip joint
  • a limp or problems walking

These symptoms do not necessarily mean that your device is failing, but they do need investigating.

Any changes in general health should also be reported, including:

  • chest pain or shortness of breath
  • numbness or weakness
  • changes in vision or hearing
  • fatigue
  • feeling cold
  • weight gain
  • change in urination habits

(The above advice comes from the  NHS metal-on-metal hip replacement implant advice)

Please note we are not medically qualified and if you have any doubts or questions as to your health always consult your doctor.