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British and Danish surgeons advise against using dangerous hips

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1725 (Published 08 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1725
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Specialist hip surgeons have issued new advice that patients who need a total hip replacement should not be given devices using bearings of 36 mm or more until more evidence is available about their safety.

The advice, from the British Hip Society, follows a joint investigation by the BMJ and Newsnight that showed problems with metal-on-metal implants caused by metal ions leaking into the body (BMJ 2012;344:e1410, doi:10.1136/bmj.e1410).

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MRHA) issued a …

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