Researchers in Adelaide, South Australia, have made an award-winning discovery in identifying a gene that causes the wearer of metal-on-metal (MOM) hip replacements to form painful lesions. Though the side effects of hip replacements can be severe, the medical breakthrough may allow researchers to create a screening test to identify if patients can safely receive an implant.
Dr. Andrew Kurmis of Lyell McEwin Hospital is one of the researchers. In an interview with Austraila’s 9News, Kurmis said, “In Australia, we’re talking about tens of thousands of potentially exposed patients. Around the world, that number is in the millions.”