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Success With Total Hip Replacements Is All About the Numbers
Surgeons who perform more hip surgeries per year have fewer complications.
07/03/2014 | By Jennifer Davis
For restoring function and reducing pain, total hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful, cost-effective and safest options available – yet surgery-related complications do occur. A new study published recently in the journal BMJ has found that patients whose surgeons perform more than 35 total hip replacements (THR) per year – roughly three or more per month – have fewer complications compared to patients whose surgeons don’t meet that threshold.
Researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada analyzed the administrative health records of 37,881 people with osteoarthritis from the province of Ontario who got their first THR between 2002 and 2009. They pulled data on the rates of complications – including venous thromboembolism (blood clots) or death within 90 days of the surgery, as well as infection, dislocation or revision within two years of the surgery. They also gathered information on patient characteristics, such as age, socioeconomic status, additional health conditions and frailty.