Experts Oppose Metal-on-Metal Hips

On March 13, 2012, the New York Times published an article regarding a recent recommendation made by British experts advising that doctors stop implanting metal-on-metal hip replacements in patients. After examining data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales from 2003 to 2011, British experts found evidence indicating that metal-on-metal hips have a higher rate of revision when compared to hip implants made from different material, such as ceramic or plastic.

The new study produced by these experts indicates that after five years, approximately 6 percent of metal-on-metal hip patients required a revision surgery. The rate of revision is much lower for patients with other types of hip implants. British experts cited data indicating that 1.7 to 2.3 percent of patients with ceramic or plastic hip implants required revision surgery within the same time period.

The recommendation and the study that it is based upon were published in The Lancet, a British medical journal.

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