Total hip arthroplasty does not provide a clinically significant improvement over hemiarthroplasty in function and quality of life over 24 months, shows a NEJM study. The incidence of secondary procedures did not differ significantly between the two groups.
Social support may be a prognostic factor for some joint-specific and general health outcomes after hip or knee replacement, say researchers writing in The Lancet Rheumatology this month.
Recent advances in partial and total knee arthroplasty show that taking essential amino acids may improve outcomes post-surgery; more patients may be having physical therapy with a virtual reality game instead of a physical therapist; and, a Florida hospital experiments with bundled care for arthroplasty procedures. Learn more in this slideshow.