Joint Replacement Complications More Frequent in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Posted: Dec 5, 2012 | by admin | 0 Comment

knee pain, knee injury, knee surgery, hip pain, hip injury, hip surgery, shoulder pain, shoulder injury, shoulder surgery, back pain, neck pain, swimming, orthopaedic specialists, Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, Hampton RoadsAccording to new analysis published in Arthritis & Rheumatism patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have more complications after total joint arthroplasty (TJA) than patients with osteoarthritis (OA). These patients also have a higher risk for dislocation of replaced hip joints.

Compared with patients with OA, patients with RA had increased risk for dislocation after total hip replacement and increased risk for infection after total knee replacement, but did not have higher revision rates.

Researchers were surprised that RA patients had double the risk for hip dislocation after total hip arthroplasty compared with patients with OA. Experts suspect this may be, in part, a result of greater soft tissue damage or poorer hip abductor strength in patients with RA vs patients with OA.

Infection risk was up to a 10-fold higher in patient with RA after total knee arthroplasty, particularly in patients with prior infection in the replaced joint, prior infection in any joint, or longer duration of operating.

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Source: Medscape.com

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