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Study shows cost-effectiveness and benefits to patients of early hip replacement.
Study shows cost-effectiveness and benefits to patients of early hip replacement
February 21, 2013
in Surgery Hip pain means some patients are unable to lead an active lifestyle. Early access to hip replacement is cost-effective and provides significant benefits for patients’ quality of life, a study has shown.
Ruben Mujica-Mota, from the University of Exeter Medical School, carried out research comparing early access and delayed hip replacement surgery in Italy on behalf of the European Health Technology Institute for Socio-Economic Research (EHTI). His findings, which are now published in the journal Value in Health, demonstrate both the cost-effectiveness of early hip replacement, as well as the benefits for patients. The expert says that delaying hip replacement surgery does not cut costs for health services and denies patients the opportunity to lead an active and healthy life while awaiting surgery. He claims that even young adults do not benefit from postponing treatment – an approach that is sometimes taken to reduce the risk of revision surgery during their lifetime.
Ruben Mujica-Mota, senior lecturer in Health Economics at the University of Exeter, concluded: “This research clearly suggests that the cost savings to national health systems in Europe brought about by delaying total hip replacement may not justify the large quality of life losses to patients.” Yves Verboven, executive director of the EHTI, said that delaying hip replacement among patients with severe osteoarthritis has “limited value in reducing the total cost of treatment”.
He added: “On the contrary, a strategy of not postponing total hip replacement surgery provides a significant benefit to patients.” A spokeswoman for Arthritis Research UK said: “You won’t necessarily need a hip replacement if you have arthritis of the hip, but it is worth considering if your hip is severely damaged by arthritis and the pain, disability and stiffness are having serious effects on your daily activities.” Provided by University of Exeter
Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-02-cost-effectiveness-benefits-patients-early-hip.html#jCp
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Stephen S. Rodrigues said:
I’m not exactly sure how to address this article:
1. If Therapy is applied early in the course of pain or stiffness there should not be a need to have replacement surgery. The human joints are designed to last a life-time.
2. IF the therapy is not offered to you as a suffering patient, ask or demand it from your providers for you well-being. It is not rocket science. It is readily available in all PT departments.
3. If it is not offered I would consider this situation substandard care and it reprehensible.
4. Talk to the medical director of your insurance co. or hospital and educate them on Travell/Myofascial release therapy. (they may not really know of this therapy)
5. IF they hesitate … bring up the ethics, malpractice and possible conflict of interest issues.
6. If the joint is replaced, that is NOT the end of therapy but will have to be done lifelong to help maintain the stability of the artificial structure. (Yes therapy for life)
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