Postoperative ileus in the lower extremity arthroplasty patient.

  title={Postoperative ileus in the lower extremity arthroplasty patient.},
  author={Samuel S. Bederman and Michael Betsy and Raz Winiarsky and Richard M Seldes and Nigel E. Sharrock and Thomas Peter Sculco},
  journal={The Journal of arthroplasty},
  volume={16 8},
Postoperative ileus is a recognized complication of lower extremity surgery. In a review of 21,589 patients who underwent either total hip or total knee arthroplasty between 1988 and 1997, 0.32% developed postoperative ileus. The ileus lasted >3 days in 46% of patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate the risk factors associated with ileus during 3 days after total joint arthroplasty. The average age of the patients with prolonged ileus was 69.1 years, and 70% were male. The… CONTINUE READING