LIRC research is leading the way

analysis of failed orthopaedic implants

2017 was a busy year for the London Implant Retrieval Centre (LIRC). They published 17 papers with 17 RNOH consultants as authors. Never before has one theme of research involved so many RNOH consultants. Bone and Joint Journal (BJJ) ranked LIRC papers in positions one and three in the top 11 most important hip papers they have published.

The LIRC is based at the RNOH and is the world’s leading source of analysis of failed orthopaedic implants for the spine, hip and knee. They have collected 8,000 implants from 29 countries over the last 10 years and published 130 papers with 200 co-authors from around the world. So far, these papers have been cited more than 2000 times.

The centre has been awarded over £5 million in funding and presented their research at international exhibitions attended by more than 350,000 medical professionals and 50,000 members of the public. Their evidence is used to advise government health regulators, implant manufacturers, surgeons and patients.

To celebrate its 10th birthday, the LIRC is preparing for its 10th anniversary conference on 20th April 2018.

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