Metal-on-metal hip replacements including Stryker hip devices will soon be banned from the hospitals that are part of the United Kingdom’s National Health System (NHS), according to a report from the Telegraph newspaper published on October 25, 2013. The report explained that this decision was a result of the NHS investigation on the failure rates of metal-on-metal hip implants.
This new guideline set by the NHS regulators state that hospitals under them are being ordered to ban the use of hip replacements with failure rates higher than five percent within five years.
According to the NHS, there will be only two approved metal-on-metal devices left for use. However, these devices are no longer regularly preferred to be implanted to patients due to the risk inherent with all types of metal-on-metal implants.