Male Smokers Not Likely to Need Hip Replacement Surgery

Unexpected results from a new study revealed that men who smoke had less risk of undergoing total hip replacement surgery than those who never smoked, medical experts say. The implant devices used in hip replacement operation such as Stryker is going to remedy the surgeries performed as complaints arise from its users.

In the current study, George Mnatzaganian, a PhD student from the University of Adelaide in Australia, and colleagues examined the associations of smoking, body mass index, and physical activity as they relate to risk of joint replacement surgery in men. Clinical data for the 11,388 male study participants, who were part of the Health in Men Study, were integrated with hospital morbidity data and mortality records. During the initial health screening (1996-1999), subjects were surveyed regarding smoking history and physical activity.

Study showed that being overweight independently increased total joint replacement risk, while smoking lowered the risk, which was most apparent after 23 years of smoking exposure. In fact, men who smoked 48 years or more were up to 51 percent unlikely to undergo total joint replacements than those who never smoked.

“Further investigation is needed to determine how smoking impacts the development of osteoarthritis,” Mnatzaganian said.

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