People with ankylosing spondylitis have low dislocation rate after hip replacement

ankylosing spondylitis hip replacement, ankylosing spondylitis hip op, dislocation rate, hip surgeryDislocations after total hip replacement in people with ankylosing spondylitis were infrequent and less than expected at 20-year follow-up, according to findings presented at a meeting of surgeons in the US.

A team looked at 337 hips from 238 people with ankylosing spondylitis who had a hip replacement.

Five years after the surgery the incidence of revision or removal was 3%, reoperation for any reason was 5% and dislocation was 2.5%. Then, 20 years after the surgery the incidence was 20% for revision or removal for any reason, 23% for reoperation for any reason and 3.3% for dislocation.

The surgery generally had a great impact on quality of life, the researchers explain:

“Pain levels significantly improved at final follow-up in nearly all patients with 90% of patients reporting no pain or slight pain.”

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