Men Who are Aged 65-75 May Wear Out their Hip Replacement Sooner
When a patient undergoes a hip replacement surgery, he or she wants it to last a good long time. Why? Getting a second hip replacement surgery is a big deal. If the first surgery to put in the hip replacement device took 90 minutes, the revision will take double or triple that time. This is because important tissue often needs to be carefully dissected away from the old device so that it can be safely removed. A recent study has just added a little more to our knowledge base about how long a patient can expect a hip device to last. The study looked at more than 51,000 patients in a Medicare database. Their conclusions? Men aged 65-75 wear out hip replacements sooner and are at higher risk for needing a revision arthroplasty (new hip) as are younger women. In addition, a surgeon who performed fewer than 6 hip replacement surgeries a year had a higher rate of his patients needing a revision surgery than a surgeon who did more cases. The upshot? Men aged 65-75 used to be considered the perfect age for a hip replacement, but in this study they seemed to be at higher risk of needing a second surgery. Perhaps aged 75 for men? In addition, find a surgeon who does a lot of these surgeries!