The use of ASR and Birmingham hip replacements
Over the last few days, the national media has reported concerns about a specific type of resurfacing hip replacement, in which both parts of the hip are made of metal. In some cases, metal particles have been release as the hip wears, which can lead to complications.
West Suffolk Hospital has not used ASR hip replacements, which is the type mentioned in the media reports.
Until 2009, the hospital did use Birmingham hip implants. We have contacted every patient who has had this type of hip and offered them a metal ion blood test and a follow up scan, if appropriate.
The majority of patients at West Suffolk have had an Exeter hip replacement, which uses metal and plastic components. It is important to stress that of those who have had Birmingham hips, the majority are unlikely to experience any problems.
Any patients who have concerns about their hip should contact their GP or ring the orthopaedic department on 01284 713334.