The size of the head
used in hip replacement surgery could have a correlation to its long-term success.
A new study by the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York which assessed
medical records of patients who were given metal-on-metal hip joints has found
that it may be the structure, as opposed to the material, which causes some
problems for people.
Doctors explained that advances in materials had made it possible for bigger
heads to be used to improve stability, but they could be leading to
"It's not enough to say, because some metal-on-metal implants have adverse
reactions, it has got to be all about the metal and let's just condemn an
entire technology," said Timothy Wright, chair of orthopaedic biomechanics
at the clinic.
The Daily Telegraph recently reported that around 70,000 people in the UK
undergo hip replacement surgery every year and a faulty design by DePuy was
taken off the market in 2010.
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Hip surgery news : 11 February 2012