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Total Hip Replacement in Osteoarthrosis using the Charnley Prosthesis

Br Med J 1972; 2 doi: (Published 24 June 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;2:752

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  1. R. C. Todd,
  2. C. D. R. Lightowler,
  3. Jacqueline Harris


    Charnley low-friction arthroplasty was performed on 352 osteoarthritic hips, usually because of severe pain. Three hundred and twenty hips were reviewed at a special follow-up clinic or by postal questionnaire. After operation 89% of hips were pain-free or caused only occasional discomfort, and in 76% there was an increased range of movement. Of those patients actually seen for review 79% were judged to have a good or excellent result. The most frequent single complication was deep infection, which occurred in 5·3% of hips.

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