Hips For You is a guide to Total hip replacement (THR) , hip problems and hip treatments. Hips For You is not controlled by medical companies, doctors or hospitals. It it a patient to patient guide featuring: hip replacement articles, doctor information and personal THR stories.

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Arthroscopic Hip Surgery vs THR Study

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…According to researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, the number of people opting for arthroscopic hip surgery over conventional hip replacement grew 600 percent between the years 2006 and 2010 alone…

… after analyzing about 7,300 patient cases in databases from California and Florida, the researchers discovered that more than one-third of the patients ages 60 to 69 went on to have a total hip replacement within two years of arthroscopic hip surgery…

…Only 3 percent of patients younger than 40 went on to have a hip replacement, compared to 35 percent of patients who were 60 to 69, the age group more likely to have arthritis.

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Performs First Same-Day Hip Replacement Surgery

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SAN FRANCISCO – May 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Dignity Health Saint Francis Memorial Hospital has performed the Bay Area’s first hospital-based, same-day hip replacement surgery. The patient was discharged only 13 hours after surgery, while traditional hip replacement surgeries require an average hospital stay of up to four days.

“At Saint Francis, we are committed to advancing treatment and care options for our patients, and are proud to now offer outpatient hip replacement surgery,” said David Klein, MD, MBA, president of Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. “We are thrilled this patient was able to achieve her desired outcome and are happy to hear she’s already back to her normal routine.”

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Dr. Vladimir Alexander Is Leader In Outpatient Surgery For Total Joint Replacement

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – (Marketwired – May 5, 2016) – Traditionally, patients who undergo total joint-replacement surgery can expect to spend three to four days in the hospital.

But that’s slowly changing and Dr. Vladimir Alexander, founder of Alexander Orthopaedic Associates (www.alexanderorthopaedics.com), is among those at the forefront of an emerging trend that’s allowing many patients to go home the same day as their surgery.

“We have been successfully developing and pioneering a total-joint outpatient program over the last five years,” Alexander says. “We were the first in the Tampa Bay area to do that and one of just a handful in the entire United States.”

He expects the rest of the practitioners in

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Long-term Results of Highly Cross-Linked Polyethylene in Young, Active Patients 2016

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The survivorship of total hip arthroplasty in younger patients is dependent on the wear characteristics of the bearing surfaces. Long-term results with conventional polyethylene in young patients show a high failure rate. This study assessed the long-term results of a first-generation annealed highly cross-linked polyethylene (HCLPE) in uncemented total hip arthroplasty in young, active patients…

…The current study found no significant oxidation effect or polyethylene wear that would cause adverse clinical or radiographic outcomes. This study of long-term results with the use of HCLPE bearings in THA performed in young, active patients showed low revision rates for wear-related failure and superior survivorship compared with other reports.… Read the Rest

New Nationwide Ratings of Surgeons Based on Patient Outcomes

Nonprofit Consumer Group Releases First‐Ever and Only Nationwide Ratings of Surgeons for Patient Outcomes,  Based on Government Data Previously Kept from the Public

New Website Shows that Similar Patients Have Three Times the Risk of Death or other Bad Outcomes with Some Surgeons Compared to Other Surgeons.


WASHINGTON—Preventable medical errors of various kinds kill at least 200,000 Americans each year,
making this the third leading cause of death in the United States, six times as many deaths as from auto
accidents. One way to reduce such errors is for consumers to choose the best surgeons. For the first
time ever, consumers across the U.S. today have access to ratings of individual surgeons based on
outcomes—how often their patients die 

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Primary vs Revision Hip Arthroscopy Study 2016

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Patients who underwent primary hip arthroscopy experienced greater improvement in patient-reported outcome scores at 2-year follow-up compared with patients who underwent revision arthroscopy, according to results presented at the Arthroscopy Association of North America Annual Meeting…

…“The relative risk of total hip arthroplasty was often two-times [greater] after revision arthroscopy compared to primary,” Parth Lodhia, MD, said in his presentation…… Read the Rest

New Medicare rules for hip, knee replacements take effect in Collier FL

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…After a year of wrangling between the federal government and hospital leaders nationwide, a new rule took effect April 1 that retools Medicare payments for hip and knee replacements…

…Collier County is one of 67 regions nationwide where the new rule applies…

…Patients with medical conditions — heart disease, obesity, diabetes, lung ailments and the like — might be hard pressed to find an orthopedic surgeon willing to perform the joint replacement because hospitals face financial incentives to avoid patients with high risks of complications, according to physician leaders with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons…

…The rule aims to control costs on the $7 billion Medicare spends for hospital care alone for the 400,000 beneficiaries … Read the Rest

RA Patients Have Greater Risk of Heart Problems after Hip Surgery

Read Complete Study Here Among patients undergoing joint surgery, those with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have almost double the risk of death at 6 weeks compared with those without RA, as well as an increased risk of death and myocardial infarction (MI) at 1 year, an Australian study found… …a total of 240,571 patients underwent 308,589 joint surgeries. Of these, 3,654 (1.2%) were performed on 2,219 patients (0.92%) with RA… …”Patients with very active disease are at independent increased risk for cardiovascular disease. In addition, the treatment for RA can impair healing and suppress the patient’s immune system, which by itself will make them more prone to an undesired outcome.”… Read the Rest

Bryant Inducted Into AAU Powerlifting Hall of Fame after THR

Read Complete Story Here Posted on by Seattle Medium Last fall, Mark Bryant, a 57-year old African American fitness instructor at Southeast Senior Center, won a gold medal at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) World Powerlifting Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada. A remarkable feat considering he had a total hip replacement. …On April 17, 2008, Mark had a total left hip replacement. In spite of his doctor advising him to be cautious in powerlifting, his passion and love for this sport motivated him to continue to train and compete in numerous competitions. In October of 2008, just a few months after surgery, Mark won first place in his weight class and age group for powerlifting…… Read the Rest