While the majority of our patients are pleased with their joint replacement surgery, unfortunately, not every patient does well with his or her implant. One of the possible causes is an allergy to the metal implant or the cement (or, in rare cases, both).

Approximately 20 percent of people may be allergic to nickel, a common metal in knee replacement joints.

In some cases, our physicians might refer a patient to National Jewish Hospital for formal allergy testing prior to surgery to ensure the highest chance of success. Dr. Mark Tuttle and Dr. Kareem Sobky at OrthoONE at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center have a solution for those people who are allergic to metal, cement or both. 

Call (303) 837-0072 if you would like to learn more.