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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

AAHKS 2017 – Smoking and THA

Smoking Increases Risks following Revision Hip Surgery

Dallas, November 4, 2017 — A study presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons found that smokers are at greater risk for infection and re-operation after revision total hip arthroplasty.

John J. Callaghan, MD presented, “What is the Impact of Smoking on Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty?” Dr. Callaghan and co-authors, Nicholas A. Bedard, MD, S. Blake Dowdle, MD, Jessel M. Owens, MD, Kyle R. Duchman, MD and Yubo Gao, MD, queried the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database for smokers and nonsmokers who underwent revisions to their total hip replacement surgeries between 2006 and 2014.

Authors concluded that not only did smoking significantly increase the risk of infection and re-operation after revision total hip arthroplasty, but “the results are even more magnified for revision procedures compared to published effects of smoking on primary total hip arthroplasty complications.”

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About the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons:

Established in 1991, the mission of AAHKS is to advance hip and knee patient care through education and advocacy. AAHKS has a membership of over 3,700 surgeons and other hip and knee health care professionals.

Contact:
Denise Smith Rodd
drodd@aahks.org