Joint replacement surgery in elderly patients with severe osteoarthritis of the hip or knee: decision making, postoperative recovery, and clinical outcomes.

@article{Hamel2008JointRS,
  title={Joint replacement surgery in elderly patients with severe osteoarthritis of the hip or knee: decision making, postoperative recovery, and clinical outcomes.},
  author={Mary Beth Hamel and M{\'a}ria T{\'o}th and Anna T. R. Legedza and Max P. Rosen},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={168 13},
  pages={1430-40}
}
BACKGROUND Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip and knee is a common cause of pain and disability in elderly patients. Joint replacement surgery can alleviate pain and restore function but is associated with risks and discomfort. METHODS We conducted a prospective cohort study to examine decision making and clinical outcomes for elderly patients (age >or=65 years) with severe OA of the hip or knee with symptoms inadequately controlled with conservative treatments. Osteoarthritis symptoms and… CONTINUE READING