Overall long-term impact of total hip and knee joint replacement surgery on patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

J. R. Kirwan*, H. L.F. Currey, S. Snow, P. J. Young

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    Abstract

    All patients with OA or RA entering an orthopaedic waiting list for total hip or knee replacement surgery over a period of 2.5 yr were prospectively assessed for overall pain (Visual Analogue Scale) and disability (Health Assessment Questionnaire) prior to and following their operation at annual intervals for up to 5 yr. A total of 293 patients had 335 operations (OA, hip 164; OA, knee 76; RA, hip 41; RA, knee 54). A few patients (14) showed a deterioration in pain and function 1 yr after surgery, but the remainder showed improvements which took 1 yr or more to reach maximum and were maintained for at least 3 yr. Although greater for OA hip patients, improvements occurred and were maintained in all groups, in spite of the polyarticular nature of RA.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)357-360
    Number of pages4
    JournalRheumatology
    Volume33
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 1994

    Keywords

    • Operation
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Outcome
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Surgery

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