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Hip replacement beneficial 'at any age'

Knee replacement patient - Belgium

Hip replacement surgery provides benefits and is cost-effective for osteoarthritis patients at any age, new research suggests.

Researchers at Duke University Medical Centre found that seniors with osteoarthritis who underwent hip replacement surgery were twice as likely to show improvements in physical functioning and ability to care for themselves as those who did not have the operation.

The researchers, whose findings are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, also found that the cost of carrying out the operation is less than the long-term costs associated with the disability.

Dr Linda George, professor of sociology and associate director of the Duke Centre for the Study of Ageing, said that doctors should feel confident about recommending hip replacement surgery to patients of any age.

"We know that hip replacements are relatively safe and reports have shown a very high rate of patient satisfaction due to reduced pain and increased range of motion," she commented.

"We found that total hip arthroplasty improves everyday life for patients and is as beneficial to people in their 80s or 90s as it is for someone in their 60s."

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Hip replacement surgery : 17/06/2008