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Unacceptably High Failure Rates Found In Hip Resurfacing Operations.

Unacceptably High Failure Rates Found In Hip Resurfacing Operations

Article Date: 02 Oct 2012 – 11:00 PDT

Hip resurfacing, often used as an alternative to hip replacements for young patients, has been revealed to fail early and most often in women.

A new study published in The Lancet, examined data from 434,650 hip operations done between April 2003 and September 2011, of which 7.3 percent were resurfacings. The study viewed the amount of resurfacing implants that failed in the initial seven years after surgery and whether the head size of the implant played a role in the failure. Patients who underwent resurfacing were compared with those who had undergone hip replacements using other bearing surfaces.

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