The BBC reports that a British study found no evidence of a link between metal-on-metal hip implants and cancer. But the analysis of 41,000 patients covered only seven years following hip replacement surgery, and researchers said follow-up will be necessary.
Medical professionals are concerned about the long-term impact of cobalt and chromium ions breaking off the implants and getting into patients’ blood and soft tissues.
Researchers in the U.K. have already drawn on data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales to demonstrate that the metal-on-metal joints – where both the ball and socket are coated in metal – have a significantly higher early failure rate than other types of hip implants. Several medical professional groups in the U.K. have already called for a ban on the devices.
In the United States, the federal Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a two-day hearing in June to evaluate concerns about the devices.
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See the report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17602176