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Knee and hip replacements have extensive non-medical benefits, finds study

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1817 (Published 20 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1817
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Working age adults in the United States who had a total knee replacement were 20% more likely to become employed, and their average annual income rose by $4300 (£2800; €3340), a study has found. They also had six fewer days off work with sickness than those who did not have replacement surgery, and they reduced their reliance on disability benefits. Similar benefits were seen with hip replacements.

The analysis drew primarily on data from 185 829 adults not living in institutions who participated in the Centers …

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