The U.K. registry includes records from about one million people who had hip, knee, and ankle replacements and is the world's largest joint database. Last year, a report by a division of Johnson & Johnson on the failure rate of one brand of metal hip replacements led to its recall by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Metal Hip Replacements More Troublesome
Fri, 09/16/2011 - 6:24am
LONDON (AP) — British officials say some people who receive metal hip replacements may need a replacement hip seven years later. According to a National Joint Registry of England and Wales report released this week, almost 14 percent of patients who got an all-metal replacement needed the joint removed or replaced after seven years. That compares with just three percent of patients who got a joint made of plastic and needed a replacement within the same time.