An operation used instead of hip replacements – usually in younger patients – has a high failure rate and should not be used in women, experts have warned.

Hip resurfacing – where the damaged bone is capped rather than replace – is often recommended for younger, active patients.

But results from the University of Bristol, published by The Lancet, show the operation has an “unacceptably high” failure rate………………
Justin Quick, Managing Director of Symbios UK says:

“There are so many factors that contribute to successful outcomes in total hip replacement, and the bearing surface is one critical element”.

“Yes, it’s of huge benefit for us to have 15 year follow up and 93% survivorship in patients all less than 50 years old!- all high demand. We believe however that it is the accuracy of reconstruction that will ultimately benefit the fit and active patients. The use of our CT based proprietary 3D HipPlan software can make that difference”. This level of accurate pre- operative planning plus ceramic bearings in my view, is the way forwards”

More information is available through their website:

Paper: Failure rates of metal-on-metal hip resurfacings: analysis of data from the National Joint Registry for England and Wales, Alison J Smith, Paul Dieppe, Peter W Howard, Ashley W Blom, on behalf of the National Joint Registry for England and Wales, The Lancet, published online 2 October 2012.

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