Hip Replacements Less Successful in Women
Hip replacements are slightly more likely to fail in women than in men, according to research published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. The risk of failure is low, but women, who make up the majority of Americans who have such operations, were 29 percent more likely than men to need a repeat operation within three years: 2.3 percent of women compared with 1.9 percent of men. Researchers looked at more than 35,000 operations at 46 hospitals in the Kaiser Permanente health system. The research was financed by the Food and Drug Administration.