Tuesday, 28 February 2012 00:00
"The government's health regulator has today given advice that patients who have undergone large head metal-on-metal hip replacements should be monitored annually for life. It has become clear now that problems with such devices have been long known, but no action taken to block their use.
It is now evident that all-metal hips have a high failure rate and rubbing between the ball and cup can cause metal to break off, seeping into tissue and causing complications. But despite the fact that these risks have been known and well documented for decades, patients have been kept in the dark. To date, most of the attention has been on hips made by De Puy but it has now become clear that there are many other manufacturers whose products may be defective.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said on Tuesday that around 49,000 UK patients with large-head hip implants out of 65,000 with all-metal hips were in a high-risk category.
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