Hip replacements more likely to fail in women

[KMSP Fox 9, February 19, 2013] Hip replacement surgery eases the pain of more than 400,000 Americans a year, but new research shows women are more likely to need repeat surgery within the three years than men.

"There is some concern from the data that women are having a little bit more of a problem than men early on, and we need to figure out why that is," said Dr. Scott Anseth, medical director of the Joint Replacement Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. "There is a real importance of getting it right the first time in hip replacement."

Anseth said female patients are more challenging because they tend to have smaller joints and bones and require smaller artificial hips.

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