Clean Bill of Health on Hips 8+ Years Later
My orthopedic doc in Morgan Hill, Dr. Wong, wanted an update x-ray of my hips since I was complaining of hip pain. He was pretty sure it was piriformis syndrome but wanted to rule out problems with my hip implants. A couple of days ago I did my follow-up visit with him and everything looks fine. I asked what he looked for and he said a tight joint with the bone inside the femur, and no sign of erosion of the bone. Also the area around the socket looks fine. My last follow-up with my surgeon, Dr. Abidi, was in 2014, and these shots look very similar to what I remember from then. This also ended up being a second opinion from Dr. Wong. He seemed to like Dr. Abidi’s handiwork. These are Biomet implants,, the socket is cobalt-chrome, the insert and “ball” titanium, and the lining between the two is ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. The lining is very low friction and wear-resistant so should last a long time. It is possible it will wear out eventually and need to be replaced by revision surgery. But that is much less involved than the original replacement procedure.