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Hip replacement surgery provides long-term gains

Knee replacement patient - Belgium

A new study has revealed that hip replacement surgery provides long-term benefits for patients with osteoarthritis (OA).

Hip replacement is often carried out when a patient's hip joint has worn down, causing pain and lack of mobility.

Previous studies have only followed patients for up to one year but the latest study, by experts at the University of Southampton, looked at 282 patients eight years on average after their hip replacement operations.

The research found that patients enjoyed "a sustained beneficial impact on physical functioning" following their hip replacement surgery, according to Professor Cyrus Cooper, one of the lead researchers.

"Even when allowance is made for possible confounding effects, the long-term improvement in the physical functioning of the cases is striking when set against the decline that occurred in controls," the authors of the paper in Arthritis Care & Research noted.

The researchers suggest that the study adds to the evidence in support of the long-term benefits of hip replacement surgery.

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Hip replacement surgery : 29/11/2007