OrthoSpineNews—December 3, 2014
How do young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) who undergo total hip replacement (THR) fare 15 to 20 years out? Researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) are enlightening people on this little-researched topic.
"The surgery in this patient population, although performed by only a small number of specialized orthopedic surgeons nationwide, is life-changing for JIA patients," said Mark P. Figgie, M.D., senior author of the study and chief of the Surgical Arthritis Service at HSS, in the November 16, 2014 news release. "Joint replacement can free patients from a life of unrelenting pain. It can enable those in a wheel chair to walk again. Patients can go back to school or work and get their lives back."
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