Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hip and knee arthroplasty for the over 80s

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Researchers from University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, report that healthy patients in their 80s and beyond can do just as well after joint arthroplasty as their younger counterparts.
Subjects were 454 patients who had received a knee or hip replacement. 69 were aged 80 and older with the remainder aged between 55 and 79. They were evaluated one month before surgery and six months postoperatively, for pain, function, and health-related quality of life.
The researchers found:
  • There was no age-related difference in joint pain, function or quality of life
  • Age did not significantly determine pain or function
  • Regardless of age, when matched with the general population for age and sex, no subject who had received a joint replacement achieved comparable overall health.
The researchers concluded that age should not be the only limiting factor when considering who should have this surgery.

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