Total hip (THA) and knee arthroplasty (TKA) are common procedures in elderly persons, who are at potential increased risk of postoperative fall due to loss of muscle strength and impaired balance. Fast-track surgery with early mobilization and opioid-sparing analgesia have improved outcomes after these procedures, but early mobilization and short hospitalization length of stay (LOS) could potentially increase the risk of falls after discharge. We investigated injuries, circumstances, and the timing of fall-related hospital admissions 90 days after fasttrack THA and TKA.
Clinical Interventions in Aging (online), 2013, Vol 8, p. 1569-77
Accidental Falls; Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip; Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee; Early Ambulation; Female; Hospitalization; Humans; Length of Stay; Male; Middle Aged; Prospective Studies; Risk Factors; Time Factors; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't