Only half get pain relief from joint surgery

Canadian researchers found that among 202 female and male patients with osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis who had a total joint arthroplasty, only half reported a meaningful improvement in their overall hip and knee pain and disability 1—2 years after surgery.

Those patients with more severe knee or hip pain at the start of the study, but with fewer general health problems and no arthritis outside of the replaced joint, were more likely to report benefits.

The study showed an