Less-invasive hip implant approved by FDA

05/10/2006 | Reuters

British medical equipment maker Smith & Nephew won FDA approval to sell an artificial hip implant the company says is less invasive. The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System, which uses a metal ball and cup to replace the ball of the femur and hip socket, requires doctors to remove only a portion of the top of the femur, resulting in a less-invasive procedure than a total hip replacement.

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