The London Implant Retrieval Centre (LIRC)

The effects of metal-on-metal (MOM) hip failure have impacted more than a million patients worldwide during the past decade, with widespread repercussions for the healthcare  profession and implant manufacturing industry. Throughout this time, by analysing failed implants, London Implant Retrieval Centre (LIRC) has been gathering key evidence for the precise causes of failure.

We began in 2007 when surgeons sent us failed implants to analyse. The LIRC was the first global retrieval programme for failed hips and remains the world’s leading source of analysis of failed orthopaedic implants. Our research has led to changes in understanding, practice and regulation of all metal-on-metal hip devices in the United States, United Kingdom and other countries worldwide.

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