Treatment for Cobalt and Chromium Poisoning

Patients with metal on metal hip replacement should be aware of the possibility of metal poisoning from their implants. Most doctors are not knowledgeable about metal toxicity so you may have difficulty getting tested. Many leading orthopedic surgeons are recommending that patients with metal on metal hip replacements undergo cobalt and chromium testing every three months for as long as they have a metal on metal implant.  Cobalt and chromium blood testing is important, even if you don’t have any symptoms or physical issues with your hip because the friction from the metal cup and stem rubbing together can cause metal particles to be released and spread through your  body.  This cobalt and chromium metal poisoning can result in devastating medical conditions as well including local reaction within the hip joint.

COBALT POISONING SYMPTOMS
·         Gastrointestinal Problems
·         Neuropathy
·         Thyroid Problems
·         Kidney Failure
·         Skin Disorders
·         Hemorrhage (bleeding)
·         Lung Problems

CHROMIUM POISONING CONCERNS
·         Elevated Cancer Risks
·         Reproductive System Problems
·         DNA Mutations
·         Impaired Liver Function
 
Properly administered chelation therapy can lower the body burden of chromium and cobalt. Dr. Steve Parcell is the only certified chelation specialist in the Northern Front Range area (North Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins).
 
To learn more call our office at 303.884.7557.