When Will Regulators Listen? Orthopaedic Surgeons Call for a Ban on Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

The BBC reported yesterday that expert orthopaedic surgeons in the United Kingdom say that metal-on-metal hip implants should not longer be used.

The high failure rates of metal-on-metal hips and the high levels of metal ions in patients with metal-on-metal hips support the surgeons’ position. However, regulators in England still insist that the metal-on-metal implants can still be implanted despite their recommendation that patients with large head metal-on-metal hip implants be monitored for life.

The surgeons have one supporter – the British Hip Society, which believes that patients “should not receive such implants because there is not enough evidence to show any benefits outweigh the risk.”