Short-term survival after elective total hip (THR) and total knee replacement (TKR) has greatly improved
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Jan. 10, 2014
Short-term survival after elective total hip (THR) and total knee replacement (TKR) has greatly improved since the early 1990s, even though comorbidities have increased, according to a study published online Dec. 18 in Arthritis & Rheumatism…
…analyzed mortality patterns among 71,812 Danish patients who underwent elective THR and 40,642 Danish patients who underwent elective TKR between 1989 and 2007.
After adjusting for age, sex, and comorbid diseases, the researchers found that 60-day mortality rates significantly improved from 2004 to 2007, compared with 1989 to 1991, for THR (relative risk, 0.40) and TKR (relative risk, 0.37).