Hip resurfacing, metal-on-metal bearings merit more research, study shows

Posted by Sarah Showard | Oct 17, 2012 | 0 Comments


After a British study found poor results from hip resurfacing on some men and on women in general, researchers say the technique shouldn't be used on women and men should be evaluated carefully before having resurfacing. Researchers said resurfacing and metal-on-metal bearings should be examined closely before new implant technology is released.

Hip resurfacing has been used as an alternative to total hip replacement, but the study found resurfacing was less effective on men with smaller thigh bones and 5-year implant survival was worse for all women. Study findings were published online in The Lancet.

A companion editorial said the study's results show “a class effect in the failure of hip resurfacing devices.”

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Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.


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