Metal-on-metal resurfacing and the cost to the nation: A conservative estimate of the unexpected costs required to implement the new metal-on-metal follow-up programme in the UK
Introduction: Metal-on-metal hip resurfacings (HR) have been widely used over the last 10 years due to their perceived advantages in younger active individuals. However, concerns over the use of metal-on-metal articulations, following the withdrawal of the ASR (DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., Warsaw, Indiana), have led the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)/British Hip Society (BHS) to issue guidance on the long-term follow-up of these patients. Objective: Assess the cost implications of implementing the new surveillance guidelines in England and Wales. Design: Use the National Joint Registry (NJR) to calculate the number of HRs performed nationally since the start in 2003. Propose various follow-up protocols to calculate the financial cost of implementing the surveillance. Results: Between 2003 and 2010, a total of 39,267 hip resurfacing arthroplasties were recorded in the National Joint Registry (NJR). The cost of 10-year follow-up for these patients ranges from £98,247,680 to £195,703,040 dependent upon the follow-up protocol used. Conclusion: HR follow-up is five to ten times more expensive than following up a conventional total hip replacement. In a time of budget cuts, this has huge financial implications for the NHS.
Metal-On-Metal Resurfacing And The Cost To The Nation: A Conservative Estimate Of The Unexpected Costs Required To Implement The New Metal–On-Metal Follow-up Program In The UK.
Conference: 13th EFORT Congress 2012
Preferred by: Tom Wainwright