What is the effect of alcohol drinking and surgery on knee or hip and recovery? Knee replacement surgery was first performed in 1968. Today, over 600,000 knee replacements are occur each year in the US.
And hips were not far behind. By the early 1970s hip replacement surgery was being performed. And now over 300,000 are done each year in the country.
Drinking and Surgery on Knee or Hip
Researchers wanted to learn the effects of drinking and surgery on knee or hip replacement and later disease and death.
They identified 30,799 patients who had knee or hip arthroplasty. That is, who had either surgical reconstruction or replacement of a hip or knee joint.
The scientists obtained data on the patients through the Danish Anesthesia Database. They had data on drinking before the operations. In addition they had data on disease and death after the operations.
Within the first 30 days after their procedures, 209 patients acquired cardiovascular disease. And 270 developed deep venous thrombosis. Within the first 90 days, there were 285 deaths. And within the first year, 514 patients developed prosthetic infection. Also within the first year, 694 died.
Low and moderate alcohol drinkers had much lower risks of death within both 90 days and one year after surgery. The drinkers also had much lower risk of having cardiovascular disease within 30 days.
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