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UK Hospitals Ban Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements

November 22, 2013 — Hospitals in the National Health Service (NHS) will be banned from implanting metal-on-metal hip replacements in the United Kingdom, according to a report by The Telegraph. The devices were banned after a study of more than 17,000 patients found unacceptably high failure-rates — up to 43% of people with some devices needed revisions surgery.

The hip with the highest failure-rate was the DePuy ASR, which was linked to a five-year failure-rate of 13%, and a nine-year failure-rate of 43%. Similar hip resurfacing implants were associated with up to a 36% nine-year failure-rate.

Metal-on-metal hip implants were originally marketed as longer-lasting, but researchers identified six implants that had a five-year failure-rate above 5%. Some implants failed at significantly higher rates — up to 16%. These defective devices included:

  • Johnson & Johnson Adept
  • Corin Cormet 2000
  • Zimmer Durom Cup
  • Biomet Recap Magnum
  • Wright Conserve Plus
  • DePuy Corail / Pinnacle total hip replacement (ceramic and metal)

Until recently, the U.K. allowed hip implants that had up to a 10% ten-year failure-rate. However, this will be reduced to 5%, according to draft guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

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