Mortality after hip and knee replacement has halved since 2003

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 12 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5599
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Mortality after hip and knee replacement surgery in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland has halved in the eight years since 2003, an audit has shown.

Figures from the National Joint Registry annual report showed that 205 686 hip, knee, ankle, elbow, and shoulder joint replacements were carried out in 2013.1 The registry holds data on more than 1.6 million cases of joint replacement, which it has been collecting since 2003. The data showed that 90 day mortality rates after hip replacement fell from 0.56% in 2003 to 0.29% in 2011 and that 45 day mortality rates after …

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