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Hip Implant Failure More Likely in Women

While the risk of total hip implant failure is low, it is slightly higher in woman than in men. According to an article in Medical News Today, women are 29% more likely to need repeat surgery within the first three years than men. Each year, 400,000 Americans undergo total or partial hip replacement to  regain lost mobility and ease the pain caused by injury or arthritis. However, according to the study, hip replacement surgery is performed more often in women than in men. Research has been done to study the sex-specific risk factors in other major surgeries because of the anatomical differences between men and women. The study followed patients, whose average age was 66, and whom had been enrolled in a total joint replacement registry between 2001 and 2010. The results showed that women were 29% more likely to need revision surgery. The authors concluded that sex differences play a role in implant failure after total hip arthroplasty. The authors also found that medical devices and techniques should vary between men and women due to these anatomical differences. Next steps include further research on which THA devices are less likely to fail in women and in men. This data would allow physicians to choose the hip devices and surgical techniques that are most likely to be successful for a longer period of time.

If you or a family member of your family has been injured as a result of hip implant failure, contact us for a free appraisal.