Surgical Implant Metals Test Kit
Accurately determines the amount and type of metal ions from long term surgical hardware
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Questions About Testing
Does the test need to be repeated?
The recommended time frame at which to retest is shown in your report. However, you or your provider may or may not recommend retesting at a different interval depending upon your response to the nutrients.
Will my insurance cover the cost of the tests?
Some major medical insurances (not including Medicare, Medicaid, TriCare, and other Federal insurance plans) may reimburse you for the cost of this test.
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2. Llobet JM et al. Comparative effects of repeated parenteral administration of several chelators on the distribution and excretion of cobaltism. Res Commun Chem Pathol Pharmacol.1988;60:225-233
3. Roussel AM et al. EDTA chelation therapy, without added vitamin C, decreases oxidative DNA damage and lipid peroxidation. Altern Med Rev. 2009;14:56-61.
How will this product help?
Multiple studies have found increased metal ions in patients with long-term surgical hardware implantation. Once identified, these metal ion particles can be eliminated or reduced with specific nutrient therapies, and/or related symptoms managed non-pharmaceutically.
How does this product work and affect scoliosis?
The Implant Metals Profile tests the circulating blood levels of the six metals that are most commonly associated with orthopedic metal implants. The metal debris may be associated with excessive physical wear or corrosion of the metal alloys. Many studies have shown that the released metal debris may be associated with localized tissue damage to bone and soft tissue, sensitivity reactions, and remote adverse effects on normal physiological and biochemical functions.1
ScoliSMART doctors are very much concerned about potential systemic or remote tissue toxic effects of the released metal debris. Even the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has recommended assessment of circulating levels of patients with metal implants annually, and every four-six months if the patient is having metal symptoms. Regulatory authorities worldwide recommend regular follow-up of patients with metal implants to identify and treat adverse reactions to the metal ions.
Chelation therapy has been recommended for patients whose blood levels of titanium, cobalt, vanadium, nickel, or chromium are elevated due to the presence of metal implant hardware, such as Harrington rods or pedicle screw instrumentation hardware.2,3