AAOS Logo A study claims that the threat of early postoperative mortality or death after surgery was somewhat augmented for the first 26 days following the voluntary surgery. The danger of death was approximated to be around 0.1 percent.

The volume of the study and the accurate statistical tools used supposedly exhibit that the boost in early postoperative mortality was apparently maximum instantly subsequent to the operation. Then, 26 days post surgery, the augmented danger of mortality was believed to be negligible.

Now-a-days, total hip and total knee replacement surgeries are said to be extremely effective and very common procedures for people having pain linked to degenerative joints. By means of a new hip or knee, and postoperative care prescribed by their doctors, majority of the patients could recuperate and peruse a livelier lifestyle with significantly less pain.

“Previous studies suggesting that increased mortality exists for as long as 60 or 90 days post hip or knee replacement surgery may be wrong. We believe the risk is tied to a much shorter duration,” commented Lead author of the study, Stein Atle Lie, PhD, MSc and professor in the Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Bergen, Norway who headed the study with colleagues from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and the Norwegian Arthroplasty Register at the Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway.

Around 81,856 patients were encompassed in the study. These patients underwent a total knee replacement and roughly 1, 06,254 patients experienced a total hip replacement from the Australian Orthopaedic Joint Replacement Registry and the Norwegian Arthroplasty Register. Only patients between 50 to 80 years suffering from osteoarthritis were incorporated in the study.

It was observed that the most significant threat issues for augmented early postoperative mortality were males and people who were over 70 years.

The study was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS).