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Hip Resurfacing 'Unacceptable for Women': Study

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Nicola Lennard, MD, the deputy clinical director of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in the U.K., says: "Decisions about what hip implants to use in patients are made by clinicians after careful consideration of the risks and benefits for each individual patient. This involves taking into account the patient’s age, gender, and activity level. For some patients a resurfacing hip implant may be the most clinically appropriate implant for them.

"The use of these hip resurfacing implants has fallen from about 11% in 2006 to about 2.5% in 2011, and only about one in six hip resurfacings were carried out on women in 2011. This change is a result of a better understanding by clinicians of the risks and benefits of hip resurfacing compared with other kinds of hip replacements in different patient groups."

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