Smokers 'more likely to suffer failed hip replacements'

27 March 2013

Hip replacement operations are more likely to be unsuccessful in people who smoke, according to new research.

A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that smokers had a higher need of further surgery and were more prone to further complications after a hip operation.

Patients who smoked had a 92 per cent chance of their hip replacement surviving, compared with 99 per cent for non-smokers.

Former smokers were also more likely to have a successful outcome in comparison with people who were smoking at the time of the operation,  as 4.4 per cent of former smokers encountered problems and needed further surgery, compared with 9.2 per cent of current smokers.

The study analysed more than 300 patients with an average age of 55 who underwent a total hip replacement between 2007 and 2009. 

Hip replacement surgery is one of the most effective operations in the medical world, with most patients experiencing a significant reduction in pain and increased movement.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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