Mr. Derek McMinn FRCS, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
3333 Hip Resurfacings to date
The McMinn Centre
25 Highfield Road
Birmingham B15 3DP
Tel: [+44] 0121 455 0411
Fax: 0121 455 0259
1st February 2012 – Metal-on-Metal Implants – Addressing the Negative Press
More information can be found here:
We have been receiving phone calls following recent press reports on failed metal-on-metal hip implants. We understand these sensationalist stories may cause anxiety among some patients. However, we would like to reassure our patients that these reports mostly concern failures with the DePuy ASR and the DePuy ASR XL, not the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR).
Many press reports imply these failures relate to all metal-on-metal hip resurfacings. A patient featured in a recent Daily Mail article, like many others, had a failed ASR. A critical point, omitted from the print version of the Daily Mail, can be found in the full on line version. As well as her ASR, the patient had a BHR on her other hip. She comments, “I’ve never had a minute’s trouble from the Birmingham hip – if only I’d had it on both
High failure rates with the ASR and ASR XL have been widely documented. Both devices have now been withdrawn from the market. Research indicates the side effects, such as muscle damage, are specific to
the ASR and do not apply to the BHR which is a very different device.
Earlier this week, the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) issued another statement about metal-on-metal hips, in which they say, “On the evidence currently available the majority of patients implanted with metal-on-metal hip replacements are at low risk of developing any serious problems.”
In addition to the MHRA’s guidance, we wish to emphasize that Mr McMinn’s results with the BHR show a 97% survival in men and women of all ages at 14.5 years. Furthermore, excellent results with the BHR have been documented in National Joint Registers from around the world.
Sadly, these ASR failures come as no surprise. Mr McMinn has been warning about the device since it went to market in 2003. You can see Mr McMinn’s argument against the ASR here
Furthermore, The McMinn Centre has put together several resources which address patients’ concerns and the differences between the ASR and BHR designs. These resources are as follows:
• The McMinn Research Team’s detailed response to list of questions on metal-metal implants & metal ions provided by hip resurfacing users here
• The McMinn Centre’s response to a Channel 4 documentary on metal-metal hip replacements here
• An interview with a patient who has now had his McMinn metal-metal hip resurfacing for 20 years here
If you do have any concerns, please call:
The McMinn Centre on 0121 455 0411
24th January 2012 – All The Threes – Mr. McMinn Reaches 3333rd BHR Milestone
On Tuesday, Mr. McMinn reached a momentous milestone in his surgical career – implanting his 3,333rd Birmingham Hip Resurfacing. To mark the occasion, Mr. McMinn invited colleagues from The McMinn Centre, Smith & Nephew and The BMI Edgbaston Hospital for an impromptu shindig at Bindles Brasserie in Worcester.
“I was so thrilled and surprised to reach this landmark number, I just had to go out and celebrate with colleagues who have made this all possible,” Mr. McMinn commented. “The fact that my patients are doing so well and that the BHR has a 97% success rate at 14 + years in my practice, is a tremendous reward for everyone involved in this development.”
The news comes at a crucial juncture as more and more patients are demanding highly experienced surgeons to perform their hip procedures. Before dinner, Mr. McMinn gave a short presentation about the history and success of the BHR and the future of hip arthroplasty.
The milestone precedes another exciting occasion on the 2012 calendar – the 15th Year Anniversary of the BHR, which we will be reporting on this summer.