Biloine W. Young • Wed, March 7th, 2018
It is no big news that hip replacement surgery improves the quality of life. A study led by Wolters Kluwer Health, indicates that patients undergoing elective total hip arthroplasty (THA) have a slightly improved survival rate compared to the general population. This held true through a decade after surgery.
Peter Cnudde M.D., who, with a colleague. conducted the study, said, “Our study suggests that hip replacement can add years to life as well as adding ‘life to years’—increasing the chances of longer survival as well as improving the quality of life.”
“The researchers analyzed the postoperative survival rate in nearly 132,000 patients undergoing a THA in Sweden from 1999 through 2012.The average age at hip replacement was about 68 years. During a median follow-up of 5.6 years, about 16.5% of patients had died.”