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Women at Greater Risk for Hip Implant Failure, Study Finds
Date:2/18/2013

iana Zuckerman, from the National Research Center for Women & Families in Washington, D.C., commented in a journal news release: "Sex-specific analyses are especially important in orthopedics because of substantial anatomical sex differences."

Zuckerman added the study provides an "important first step" in understanding higher risk of hip implant failure in women, but longer follow-up is necessary to help reduce the likelihood of revision surgery.

"What is urgently needed is long-term comparative effectiveness research based on larger sample sizes, indicating which [total hip replacement] devices are less likely to fail in women and in men, with subgroup analyses based on age and other key patient traits, as well as key surgeon and hospital factors," concluded Zuckerman. "Such data would enable patients and their physicians to choose the hip devices and surgical techniques that are most likely to be successful for a longer period."

More information

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has more information on hip implants.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: American Medical Association, news release, Feb. 18, 2013


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