Dramatic Fall in Death Rates After Hip Replacements From 2003 to 2011
Sep. 26, 2013
Mortality rates in the first 90 days following hip replacement surgery have halved, according to a study led by the University of Bristol on behalf of the National Joint Registry for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (NJR) and published in The Lancet.
The researchers from Bristol, Oxford, East Anglia and Exeter studied 409,000 patients who had hip replacements for osteoarthritis between 2003 and 2011 and report some fascinating findings.
Between 2003 and 2011 mortality rates in the first 90 days following surgery halved from 0.6 per cent to 0.3 per cent.
Four simple treatment options are associated with lower death rates. These are: the use of spinal anaesthetic, the posterior surgical approach, the use of chemical thromboprophylaxis with heparin and the use of mechanical thromboprophylaxis.