Hi, I'm a 66 yr F with a history of food allergies only. I am now hearing of allergies where I never did in the past. I also found out the hard way. After a TKR in '17, I had a miserable 2 years of pain, swelling and was blown off by my surgeon. I keep writing to the PA and was told it was just taking me longer to heal. The repeat XR about 5 mos after surg didn't show a problem when I asked my surgeon to see me because of swelling/pain. He said it all was normal. He knew I had many food allergies pre op but never suggested allergy testing. I wish I would have known about this potential issue and would have insisted on testing. I have eczema reaction to food as my only medical issue, but Dr's have a duty to follow up on any allergy history in this new world of now common allergies to food and environmental causes.
I was still paying for physical therapy (PT) 1 yr post op just to maintain some mobility, but it was getting harder to walk and I had to use a brace because I could now feel my knee moving. my PT recommended I get tested as she remembered a patient she had a few years back that reacted to metal in her hip replacement. I talked to the immunologist I see for the eczema and he recommenced I go to National Jewish Hospital in Denver. He contacted a Dr he knows.
I was tested, and found to have the bone cement allergy. She recommended I consult with Dr Mark Tuttle at Presbyterian St Luke hospital. He was able to do a successful revision. He said when he opened up my leg, the hardware had already come out of the tibia and the tissue looked like raw red meat from the year and a half of inflammation. I am so grateful to have found him and Dr Pacheco and am now doing well. Dr Tuttle also works with custom materials for those with metal allergies like you mention. Do contact him and let us all know how you are doing. So have hope that things will work out, be persistent.