Jul 19, 2013
By Jane Brown
A Hip replacement is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures.
Now, new Canadian research is offering guidance on how long certain types of hip replacements will last. A report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information suggests people who have a type of metal-on-metal hip replacement have a nearly 6 percent chance of needing another replacement within five years. People who had the more common metal-on-plastic implant, had a just under 3 per cent chance of needing a replacement.
The research also suggests that patients whose hips were replaced with a metal-on-metal implant were most likely to be male, and younger than age 55.