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Joint Reaction [electronic resource]: Hip Replacement Technology Gone Awry

Ron was an active 76-year-old when he underwent articular surface replacement, or ASR, for one of his hips. Soon after his surgery a lump the size of a grapefruit developed on the side of his leg. Five operations later, he can barely walk. Another case study features Catherine, who had ASR in her early 40s and now suffers from toxic levels of cobalt in her system. Ron and Catherine are among the multitude of patients worldwide facing a painful, uncertain future due to the chromium and cobalt components of ASR. Produced in Australia, this program overviews how the metal-to-metal technology was intended to work and asks much-needed questions about its trial phase-which appears to have been wholly inadequate.
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2011