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Date:1/3/2009

New Study Reveals the Most Common Reasons Why Total Hip Replacements May Fail

ROSEMONT, Ill., Jan. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Each year thousands of patients undergo total hip replacement surgery in order to help alleviate pain associated with debilitating hip disease and other related hip problems. According to a new study published in the January 2009 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (http://www.ejbjs.org/), while many successful, long-term results have been documented, limited information currently exists regarding why hip replacements fail in the United States population.

"This is the first study in which we were able to look at the entire country and gain a better understanding of why total hip replacement

(http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00377) surgeries can fail," said Dr. Kevin Bozic, lead investigator of the study and assistant professor of orthopaedics at the University of California, San Francisco. Researchers analyzed data from about fifty thousand patients who had to have their hip replacements revised in the U.S. between October 1, 2005 and December 31, 2006. Based on new diagnosis and procedure codes specifically for hip replacement revision, they were able to identify certain trends.

Researchers found the most common reasons for patients needing subsequent hip replacement surgery include:

  • Dislocation of the implant
  • Loosening of the implant
  • Infection -- such as staph infections either around the time of surgery or later through the bloodstream

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SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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