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ArthroplastyWatch—beyond borders, beyond compliance

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 19 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1013
  1. Lars Lidgren, professor of orthopaedics1,
  2. Ann Alriksson-Schmidt, research coordinator1,
  3. Jonas Ranstam, professor of medical statistics1
  1. 1Lund University, Department of Orthopaedics, University Hospital, SE-221 85 Lund, Sweden
  1. lars.lidgren{at}

It is now clear that national regulatory and professional bodies do not pay due attention to unfavourable or negative results regarding specific devices, new surgical techniques, and treatments.1 As a result, action is delayed. Communication of adverse events or product recalls does not travel well across borders. Worse still, it can take months or even years before practising surgeons learn about …

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