Posted on 03/10/2012

High Failure Rates for Common Hip Replacement on Women

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High Failure Rates for Common Hip Replacement on Women

Study Finds Practicality Issues in Hip Replacements for Women

It has been reported that surgeons should refrain from carrying out a common hip replacement operation on women due to ‘unacceptably high’ failure rates. The report, which comes from The Daily Telegraph states that a large study which examined data from nearly half a million hip resurfacing operations, over a 7 year period in both England and Wales, showed practicality issues.

The practical drawback resulted in hips wearing out between 10 and 15 years after surgery, requiring revision surgery which is challenging to carry out, resulting in poorer outcomes.

Hip Replacement or Hip Resurfacing?

Hip resurfacing, an alternative technique carried out in adults aged 55 years or younger, involves the removal of the damaged bone surface inside the joint, replacing it with a metal surface. Less invasive than other forms of surgery, it leaves patients with more mobility and with more bone left in the hip joint to support the resurfaced areas.

However, the results of the recent study show that women undergoing hip resurfacing procedures, experience poorer implant survival when compared with a total hip replacement operation. Irrespective of the size of implant used, the failure rate of certain types of joint was reported to be as high as one in nine.

General figures showed that hip resurfacing was also worse in men, apart from those with large hip bones. As a result of the study, it has been recommended that resurfacing is not carried out in women and that the suitability it assessed in men before it is applied.

Although the researchers made efforts to prove their theory, it is however possible that other factors, which included pain, bone quality and activity levels may have influenced results. Overall, the study did provide evidence that, due to failure rates, may deem hip resurfacing as disadvantageous for women when compared with total hip replacement surgery.

NRS stock a range of mobility aids and disability aids for those who have experienced hip replacements or resurfacing revisions. To view the full range of products which includes wheelchairs and rollators, please feel free to browse our website or contact a member of our team for more information today.

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