Navigation Links
Expensive wait for hip replacements
Date:12/14/2010

Patients who suffer from anxiety and depression are more likely to report worse results after a hip replacement. A year-long wait for the operation also entails significant costs to both society and the individual, reveals a new thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Drawing on around 40,000 responses from patients selected from the Swedish Hip Arthroplasty Register, the thesis looks at how hip replacement patients perceive their health-related quality of life and level of pain both before and after the operation, as well as how satisfied they are with the results.

"Although the majority report a considerable improvement in their health-related quality of life and are pain-free after their hip replacement, we show that around 5-10% do not improve or have actually deteriorated one year after the operation," says Ola Rolfson, researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy's Department of Orthopaedics.

He explains that there are several reasons for the failure of some patients to get better in the short term. For example, patients with anxiety or depression are more likely to report worse results. However, more research is needed to understand the factors that affect post-operative outcomes.

The thesis also looks at how hip disease impacts on patients' need for a variety of resources when waiting for a hip replacement, and how this, in turn, translates into additional expense for the patient, relatives and society in general. It emerged that the disease costs around SEK 60,000 (approx. 6000 Euro) in the year before the operation, and that a long wait was linked to higher consumption of resources. This works out at SEK 5,000 (approx. 500 Euro) per month for every patient on the waiting list.

"Doing the right thing, doing the thing right and doing it at the right time is the major challenge facing orthopaedics in the future," says Rolfson. "The thesis adds information that will make it possible for hip replacement surgery to take another step in the right direction."

Using the results set out in his thesis, Rolfson will be working to develop a tool that can help to predict and discuss the risks and expected results of surgery in each individual case.


'/>"/>

Contact: Ola Rolfson
ola.rolfson@vgregion.se
46-070-522-6386
University of Gothenburg
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Conference Focuses on Aligning Two Smartest, Most Expensive Operations
2. More Expensive Hospital Care May Not Mean Better
3. Elderly patients in need of heart valve replacements have alternative to surgery
4. High-Impact Sports Might Not Harm Knee Replacements
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... The Muscular Dystrophy Association and ... launched the 14th annual “Appetite for a Cure” campaign on Feb. 1 to ... and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility. , Now through ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... President George H. Van Allen have signed a joint enrollment and degree completion ... seamless pathway toward associate and baccalaureate degrees at FHU|Dickson. , The agreement ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , ... February 05, 2016 , ... US Sports ... Studio in Dover, NH to direct high-performance kids yoga training. ChildLight Yoga Studio is ... just one hour from Boston. , ChildLight Yoga Studio founder Lisa Flynn expresses her ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... New York (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... use and find themselves having to wait longer to access the treadmills. It’s a ... New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get in shape by joining gyms, starting ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Pivot ... 2015 Best in KLAS: Software & Services for HIT Implementation Support & Staffing ... report independently ranks vendor performance by healthcare executives, managers and clinicians representing over ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... Feb. 4, 2016 Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE: ... 2015.  Provided below are the highlights: , ... compared with the prior year.  Reported sales decreased 3% ... quarter. , Net earnings per diluted share as ... prior- year period.  Adjusted EPS was $4.65, an increase ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... ALBANY, N.Y. , Feb. 4, 2016  AMRI (NASDAQ: ... Vice President of Pfizer Inc. and President of Pfizer Global ... effective as of February 4, 2016. In addition, the Company ... member of the audit committee since 2010, has retired from ... time and attention to his other business ventures.  ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... SIOUX FALLS, S.D. , Feb. 4, 2016 ... patient and guest technology solutions, today announced that ... SONIFI Health Senior Living Engagement System. The system ... information tool that residents access through a tablet ... --> The resident engagement system provides access ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: