Today marks the eighteenth year of the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) in clinical use!
However this milestone is not such a ‘happy’ birthday. On June 4th 2015, Smith & Nephew – the manufacturer of the BHR – released a statement announcing a ‘voluntary recall’ of the smaller sizes of the BHR predominately used in women, citing data from the National Joint Register (NJR) which reflected the total results from experienced surgeons, inexperienced surgeons and trainee surgeons. The latter two groups have significantly lowered the average results, enabling Smith & Nephew to use this as a representation for all small size BHRs. This ‘voluntary removal’ was undertaken without consulting any experienced and higher-use surgeons, ignoring the results of experienced surgeons like Mr McMinn.
The McMinn Centre has started an online petition to Smith & Nephew proposing they reverse their decision and instead allow only experienced surgeons such as Mr McMinn to use the smaller sizes of BHR. You can view and sign the petition if you wish to support it by clicking the button below:
Thank you for your support.