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Cementless hip replacement durable for 20 years

Hip replacement surgery
Patients undergoing hip replacement surgery will be boosted by recent research that has championed the durability of such a procedure.

Cementless hip plants have been found to still be working effectively even 20 years after the operation to fit the implants was first undertaken.

This is the conclusion of scientists at the Rush University Medical Center who employed clinical and radiological treatments to illustrate that 96 per cent of 124 metal components that do not use cement under scrutiny were still properly fixed after two decades.

Orthopedic surgeon and principal author of the study Dr Craig Della Valle commented: "Our results confirm earlier work done at Rush and at other institutions: that cementless acetabular components work very well and that long-term biological fixation can be obtained."

Co-author of the report and former chairman of orthopedics at Rush Jorge Galante added that the aim of the study is to establish a more durable hip replacement procedure particularly for individuals who have the operation at a younger age.

The number of total hip replacements carried out in the UK is thought to be around 50,000 every year.

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Orthopaedic surgery news: 07/05/2009