alexa Total joint arthroplasty in nonagenarians--a retrospective review of complications and resource use.
Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics

Journal of Arthritis

Author(s): Baker JF, Stoyanov V, Shafqat A, Lui DF, Mulhall KJ

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Abstract Increased age brings with it the potential for increased surgical risk. Assessment of specific age cohorts is necessary to plan future service provision and this is the case in hip and knee arthroplasty as the demand for these procedures is anticipated to increase. We retrospectively reviewed the outcomes, including complications, length of stay and blood transfusion rate, in a cohort of 35 nonagenarians undergoing primary or revision total hip and knee arthroplasty. All patients were pre-assessed by anaesthetists before being deemed suitable to undergo surgery in the unit. The mean length of hospital stay was 13.7 +/- 10 days (range 2-56). Thirty-one percent of patients required a blood transfusion. Patients who underwent primary total hip arthroplasty reported improved joint specific functional scores. In this appropriately selected group of nonagenarians, we found no evidence to suggest surgery be withheld on the basis of age alone. However, patients with multiple medical comorbidities warrant appropriate assessment and surgical intervention in an institution with appropriate support. Future planning needs to take into account the predicted increase in demand for arthroplasty surgery in this age group.
This article was published in Acta Orthop Belg and referenced in Journal of Arthritis

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