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Surgery 'creates better outcomes for osteoarthritis'

Surgery 'creates better outcomes for osteoarthritis'
17th July 2008

Older osteoarthritis patients who undergo hip or knee replacements experience better outcomes than those who decide against surgery, it has been claimed.

Medical News Today reported patients who elected to have the operation experienced more improved symptoms a year on than those patients who chose not to have surgery, according to a US study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The findings have led the researchers to the conclusion that, although it results in a period of discomfort, joint replacement surgery may be a helpful course of action for osteoarthritis sufferers, the website stated.

According to Medical News Today, the team of scientists from Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre said: "Our findings of excellent outcomes from joint replacement surgery in elderly patients with severe hip or knee osteoarthritis corroborate and extend the findings of previous studies."

They believe their study could assist patients in weighing up the pros and cons of opting for surgery, the website added.

Meanwhile, separate research from the University of Cincinnati has suggested that excessive weight-bearing and heavy work carried out at too young an age could create an increased likelihood of developing conditions such as osteoarthritis in later life.

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