Alcohol intake can boost orthopaedic surgery complications

21 February 2011

New research conducted in the US has shown that patients who undergo total joint replacement surgery are more likely to suffer complications if they have consumed alcohol in the past year.

The research, which was carried out at Stanford University, looked at 185 veterans who underwent total joint replacement. All of whom had admitted consuming alcohol in the past year, an admission gleaned from regular Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Tests - which are completed annually.

According to the scientists behind the study, those who had the highest levels of alcohol consumption - which was identified as 'alcohol misuse' - had the highest rate of complications.

Furthermore, the link between alcohol use and complication presentation was exponentially related.

Nicholas Giori, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Stanford University Hospital, said: "These results, though from a small selection of patients, indicate the need for preoperative screenings and possibly interventions for alcohol misuse among joint replacement candidates."

Recent figures from the World Health Organization shows that one in 15 men in the UK can be considered to have an alcohol problem.


1 "Alcohol misuse a factor in likely complications". American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Friday, February 18th 2011.

2 "Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2011". World Health Organization. February 2011.


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