Birmingham Hip Resurfacing – Patient reported outcomes pre and post ‘Metal-on-Metal’ media attention

Published online: Mar 30 2016

Samuel BARKE, Francesc MALAGELADA, Giles STAFFORD, Derek MCMINN, Richard FIELD

From the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre, Epsom, Surrey, UK


We have investigated whether patient reported outcomes provided by patients with Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) changed after negative media coverage of metal-on-metal (MOM) hip replacement. We also investigated whether patients whose procedures were performed by a designer surgeon behaved differently to those performed elsewhere. 1178 consecutive BHR procedures performed between January 2002 and December 2006, by one of the designer surgeons in his private practice, were reviewed. We also reviewed 402 BHRs undertaken by two non-designer surgeons in both their NHS and private practice. 150 of the latter cohort were undertaken at an NHS hospital and 252 at an independent private hospital. All patients had annual Oxford Hip Scores (OHS) collected. We chose 2007 as pre-“media attention” and compared scores from this year against subsequent years. We found no clinically significant change in OHS between 2007 and subsequent years, at all centres. We conclude that negative media reporting does not appear to have had an impact on patients’ perceived outcome after BHR. In consequence, patients who have undergone this type of hip resurfacing and show deterioration should be investigated.