Hip Surgery Option Loses Key Backer

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 6:50am
Barry Meier

In another controversy involving all-metal hips, an influential group has found that there is insufficient evidence to show that an alternative technique known as hip resurfacing is as safe and effective as a traditional replacement.

The group, the California Technology Assessment Forum, reversed a position it took just last year, citing recent findings by orthopedic registries overseas that some resurfacing devices are failing prematurely and health concerns about metallic debris released as the devices wear.

The findings of the forum, which is financed by the Blue Shield of California Foundation, are not binding. Still, the group’s report is likely to be disputed by advocates of resurfacing and patients who say they have benefited from the procedure.

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