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Trends in the patient demographics, socio-economic characteristics, surgical factors and outcomes between 1999 and 2012

Conference paper
Authors Peter Cnudde
Szilard Nemes
A J Timperley
Johan Kärrholm
Henrik Malchau
Göran Garellick
Ola Rolfson
Published in Orthopaedic Proceedings. 99-B (SUPP 12)
ISSN 1358-992X
Publisher British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery
Publication year 2017
Published at Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Orthopaedics
Language en
Subject categories Orthopedics


Prospectively collected data is an important source of information subjected to change over time. What surgeons were doing in 1999 might not be the case anymore in 2016 and this change in time also applies to a number of factors related to the performance and outcome of total hip replacement. We evaluated the evolution of factors related to the patient, the surgical procedure, socio-economy and various outcome parameters after merging the databases of the Swedish Hip Arthroplasty Register, Statistics Sweden and the National Board of Health and Welfare. Data on 193,253 THRs (164,113 patients) operated between 1999 and 2012 were merged with databases including general information about the Swedish population and about hospital care. We studied the evolution of surgical volume, patient demographics, socio-economic factors, surgical factors, length of stay, mortality rate, adverse events, re-operation and revision rates and PROMs. Most patients were operated because of primary osteoarthritis and this share increased further during the period at the expense of decreasing number of patients with inflammatory OA and hip fracture. Comorbidity and ASA scores increased for each year. The share of all cemented implants has dropped from 92% to 68% with a corresponding increase of all uncemented from 2% to 16%. Length of stay decreased with about 50 percent to 4.5 days in 2012. The 30- and 90-day mortality rate dropped to 0.4% and 0.7%. Re-operation and revision rates at 2 years were lower in the more recent years. The postoperative PROMs are improving despite the preoperative pain scores getting worse. Even in Sweden, always been considered as a very conservative country with regards to hip replacement surgery, the demographics of the patients, the comorbidities and the primary diagnosis for surgery are changing. Despite these changes the outcomes like mortality, re-operations, revisions and PROMs are improving.

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