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Good morning Tim – Wow, that was the same hip I got, only I was the lucky recipient of two – and mine failed after only 5 years.

There is good news here in your post – now you know the issue! And –
You don't need to worry about chelation after surgery – over a few months, you liver will process the remaining metal and it will go away as your blood cells are naturally replaced. Mine metal levels were normal 6-7 months after surgery.
If your thyroid is giving you problems, again metal removal and patience are the keys. We were just about to schedule removal of mine after my hips healed, and blood tests showed the levels of thyroid hormones normalizing. We decided to watch & wait and everything calmed down after one year – no surgery required. I still (11 years later) have normal blood tests and just a few nodules that are monitored by ultrasound each year and have not changed.
I also had brain fog, fatigue, headaches, itches & rashes, hair loss and depression – all were resolved within a year after surgery.

Next – I see you are in a rural area, so this may be difficult – you NEED to find a orthopedic surgeon experienced in hip revision, and if possible MoM revision. They are going to find damage that needs repair. And ugly tissue that needs to be excised. I suggest you find a local ortho and ask where they send their "tough" cases. If you are in/near Washington, Seattle has some excellent surgeons who do this work, not sure about other areas. Mayo is possibly an option, if your insurance covers it.

Good luck – will you let me know what you learn from the ortho next week? Finding this issue and dealing with it will put on the road back to good health!

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Thank you! Just what we needed to hear. I was getting a bit tense with all the issues hitting at once.

Your right. Knowing the problem is a relief. Now to deal with it!

I was hoping to hear that a recovery from the heavy metals would happen after the MoM device removal. Thanks for the hope!

We will be talking with the surgeon on Monday. I doubt that he will be "the one" and the original surgeon is on the east coast so he is out of the picture. Travel to Seattle is possible as well as to Mayo in Rochester. A few months ago I tried to get an appointment at Mayo in Arizona (drive-able from home in Western Colorado) but was turned away at that time because I have Medicare insurance as primary.

It worries me about recovery from the surgery away from my home…the first time was not all that pleasant and took a while. Perhaps the procedure has been improved in the last 17 years resulting in a quicker and easier recovery?

Do you know if Mayo has a register of MoM revision trained surgeons that I can peruse? Maybe there is one closer to my home.

Thank you!