UK Hospitals to Ban Use of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
New regulations would effectively ban all National Health Service (NHS) hospitals from using metal-on-metal hip implants with high rates of failure.
Details of the New Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Regulations
“The figures speak for themselves – even the best metal-on-metals have four times the failure rate of the rest. This is really a significant problem because these were given to an awful lot of people.” – Stephen Cannon, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital as published by the Telegraph
According to the Telegraph, new regulations being introduced by the NHS would prohibit the use of any hip implant with a failure rate above 5% at five years.
The regulations are in response to a study conducted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence found that failure rates may be as high as 43% among some models of metal-on-metal hip implants.
Further data suggested that all but two metal-on-metal models implanted in over 11,000 resurfacing patients had a five year failure rate about the proposed 5% limit. All other metal-on-metal models and some ceramic-on-metal models do not meet the new requirements.
- Corail Total Hip system (DePuy)
- PINNACLE Acetabular Cup System (DePuy)
Adverse Events of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
It is estimated that approximately 500,000 Americans have received metal-on-metal implants. Patients may not have been made aware of adverse events linked to the implants including:
- Implant Migration
- Cobalt Poisoning
- Corrosion or Wear the Implant
- Muscle Damage
- Organ Tissue Damage
- Renal Function Impairment
- Corrective Surgery
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