EMPERION Hip Implants
The EMPERION Modular Hip System, produced by Smith & Nephew, was noted to be “the next step in hip evolution.” Initially approved by the FDA in 2004, it was purported to be a device capable of providing enhanced range-of-motion with lesser chance of dislocation. The EMPERION product was targeted to individuals needing hip replacement surgery or as an alternative to other treatments or devices that were prescribed but did not work successfully. Patients with inflammatory degenerative joint disease also are encouraged to consider this product as well.
The device was designed to be implanted without cement and Smith & Nephew claims that this particular stem configuration and construction approach reduces stress-shielding and micromotion. However, an EMPERION metal hip replacement study has shown a higher than anticipated revision rate.