High hip implant fail rate3rd April 2012
The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said surgeons should not use a type of metal-on-metal hip implant.
The MHRA advised that the implant's failure rate meant 10% had to be replaced within four years.
It is believed that 270 people in England and Wales have had the implants fitted during surgery.
The MHRA said doctors should monitor any patient who had received the implant. The implant, which is not being made any more, had the brand names Accolade and Mitch TRC.
The National Joint Registry for England and Wales found a much greater risk of problems with the implant than the average, at 10.7% after four years.
The clinical director of the MHRA, Dr Susanne Ludgate, said the rate of replacement for this kind of implant was "unacceptably high".
"That is why we have advised surgeons to stop using this combination and to monitor their patients closely," she said.
"We have previously taken prompt action in February to investigate safety concerns and provided advice on patient management to relevant healthcare professionals."
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Title: High hip implant fail rate
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 21565
Date Added: 3rd Apr 2012