Factors That Influence Total Joint Surgery Success
Scientists continue to look for the best ways to help decide whether and when to undergo joint replacement surgery.
By Trish McHenry
Total joint replacement (TJR), also called total joint arthroplasty, is booming in popularity, but doctors and patients are still trying to understand which patients with arthritis benefit most – as well as the best timing for these major surgeries.
The number of total knee replacements (TKR) more than tripled and the number of total hip replacements more than doubled between 1993 and 2009, according to a study published in 2014 in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. And some of those surgeries may be happening too early in patients’ course of arthritis.