Ceramic ball and metal socket replacement system approved in USA

Source:  Smartplanet

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Date of publication: 15 June 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The first ceramic-on-metal total hip replacement system for patients with osteoarthritis has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.  The approval was based on a 2 year RCT in which they found no clinical difference between this system and a metal-on-metal system.  Lab testing by DePuy (manufacturers) showed a greater than 90% reduction in wear compared to a metal-on-metal system.  With a 12% revision rate for metal-on-metal devices, this new system could help reduce readmission rates.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement:  US Food and Drug Administration

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