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Meeting Increased Demand for THA and Follow-Up: An Actuarial Method to Determine Optimal Follow-Up Schedules
Open Journal of Orthopedics
If a surgeon performs 200 procedures per year, he/she will have to see 800 patients for follow-up by year 5 and 1300 patients per year by year 10. Normal time constraints make this implausible. When do total hip arthroplasty (THA) patients have the greatest need for follow-up? We reviewed 8331 primary THAs to determine the greatest risk of failure across time. Patients failed with the greatest ratio at 1 year or earlier, followed by 10 and 12 years postoperatively. The median time to failuredoi:10.4236/ojo.2015.58033 fatcat:jpfth5rt7reavitnpjnqp5dzku