Metal Hip Implants Fail Faster Over Time: UK Report

Law360, New York (September 16, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT) -- Metal-on-metal hip implants are failing faster as they age, with one DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. device requiring additional surgery at a rate of almost 30 percent after six years, according to a Thursday report by the National Joint Registry for England and Wales.

Metal-on-metal hip devices, including the “resurfacing” variants, are by far the implants that have the highest rates of revision, or eventual surgical removal or replacement, according to NJR. After five years, metal-on-metal devices have a revision rate as high as 13.6 percent and resurfacing...
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