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Research suggests new implants are no better than traditional hip replacements

Posted on November 30th, 2011 No Comments

A recent study says that new hip implants, like metal-on-metal and ceramic-on-ceramic implants, are not more effective than traditional hip implants, like metal-on-polyethylene and ceramic-on-polyethylene implants.  In fact, the study suggests that hip replacements that have been developed more recently are more harmful than traditional implants.

The research was conducted by a professor and his team at Weill Cornell Medical College.  The group combined 18 studies and several implant registries to analyze records from 3,139 patients and more than 830,000 surgeries.

The author of the study concluded the team’s research by stating, “There is limited evidence regarding comparative effectiveness of various hip implant bearings, and the results to not indicate any advantage for metal on metal or ceramic on ceramic implants compared with traditional bearings.”

The study also states that in three of the largest registries analyzed by the researchers, data confirmed that patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements needed revision surgeries more often than patients with traditional implants.

To learn more about the defects associated with DePuy’s ASR metal-on-metal hip implant, contact the DePuy hip recall attorneys of Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187 today.

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