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Patients with Cartilage Damage More Likely to Fail Hip Arthroscopy and Need Hip Replacement

For Immediate Release
November 8, 2014
DALLAS — A study presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) on November 8, 2014 found that the presence of cartilage damage in hip joints of patients with hip dysplasia is a strong predictor of whether the patient will require total hip replacement (THR) surgery in the future following an arthroscopy procedure.

Joseph C. McCarthy, MD, of Boston, presented, “Cartilage Status at Time of Hip Arthroscopy Predicts Failure in Patients with Hip Dysplasia” outlining a study that took place between 1991 and 2013. Dr. McCarthy and his co-authors examined cartilage damage in 185 patients who underwent hip arthroscopy. In approximately three years following the procedure, 65 patients went on to require total hip replacement secondary to persistent pain.

The authors further analyzed data collected during the study to determine predictors of the eventual need for THR. They found that in addition to cartilage damage in patients with hip dysplasia, older patients were more likely to need hip replacement surgery.

The 24th AAHKS Annual Meeting was attended by 1,800 hip and knee surgeons, allied health professionals and industry representatives who took part in scientific sessions and exhibits during the 4-day meeting.

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Established in 1991, the mission of AAHKS is to advance and improve hip and knee patient care through leadership in education, advocacy and research with a vision to be the essential organization of hip and knee specialists, functioning to serve the needs of patients, care providers and policy makers regarding hip and knee health.


Denise Smith Rodd