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Agency tells surgeons not to use a type of hip implant cup liner because of high revision rates

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4418 (Published 27 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4418
  1. Deborah Cohen
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Surgeons should stop using a particular type of cup liner that is used in some metal-on-metal hip operations because the revision rate is higher than it should be, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said.

The R3 metal cup liner—part of the implant that fits into the cup—is used with the R3 Acetabular System total hip replacement prostheses made by UK company Smith and Nephew.

“Post-market surveillance data has shown a high revision rate of …

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