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RCS response to new guidance on metal-on-metal hip implants

30 Jun 2017

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued updated guidance for healthcare professionals who manage patients implanted with metal-on-metal hip replacements.
The new guidance expands the pool of patients who may be at risk of bone or muscle damage from their metal-on-metal hip replacements.  There are currently approximately 56,000 with these sorts of implants in the UK.
Responding to the updated guidance, the Royal College of Surgeons said:
“The Royal College of Surgeons welcomes the MHRA’s decision to update its guidance on the follow-up of patients who have received metal-on-metal hip replacements. Though the risk is low, it is important that where complications arise from these implants, they are identified early so that patients can receive the appropriate treatment.  
“Expanded monitoring will also serve to reassure the majority of patients who have well-functioning hips that there are no problems with their implants.”

Notes to editors

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is a professional membership organisation and registered charity, which exists to advance surgical standards and improve patient care.

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