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1.  Patient-level clinically meaningful improvements in activities of daily living and pain after total hip arthroplasty: data from a large US institutional registry 
Rheumatology (Oxford, England)  2013;52(6):1109-1118.
Objective. To characterize patient-level clinically meaningful improvements in pain and limitation of key activities of daily living (ADLs) after primary or revision total hip arthroplasty (THA).
Methods. We analysed prospectively collected data from the Mayo Clinic Total Joint Registry to study clinically meaningful improvements in index hip pain severity and limitation in seven key ADLs (walking, climbing stairs, putting on shoes/socks, picking up objects, getting in/out of car, rising from a chair and sitting), from preoperative to 2- and 5-year post-THA.
Results. The primary THA cohort consisted of 6168 responders preoperatively, 5707 at 2 years and 3289 at 5 years postoperatively. The revision THA cohort consisted of 2063 responders preoperatively, 2682 at 2 years and 1627 at 5 years postoperatively. In the primary THA cohort, clinically meaningful pain reduction to mild or no hip pain at 2 years was reported by 94% with moderate and 91% with severe preoperative pain; respective proportions were 91% and 89% at 5-year follow-up. For revision THA, respective proportions were 84% and 77% at 2 years and 80% and 78% at 5 years. In the primary THA cohort, up to 4% with moderate and 17% with severe preoperative ADL limitation reported severe limitation in the respective activity 2 years post-primary THA; at 5 years, the respective proportions were up to 7% and 20%. Respective proportions for revision THA were up to 10% and 26% at 2 years and 13% and 30% at 5 years.
Conclusions. These comprehensive data for patient-level clinically meaningful improvements in pain and seven key ADLs can help patients set realistic goals for improvement after THA.
PMCID: PMC3651614  PMID: 23382362
pain; activity limitation; activities of daily living; function; functional limitation; total hip replacement; arthroplasty; joint replacement; outcomes; patient-reported outcomes; primary; revision
2.  Better Functional and Similar Pain Outcomes in Osteoarthritis compared to Rheumatoid arthritis after primary total knee arthroplasty: A cohort study 
Arthritis care & research  2013;65(12):10.1002/acr.22090.
To determine the association of the underlying diagnosis with limitation in activities of daily living (ADLs) and pain in patients undergoing primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA).
Prospectively collected data from the Mayo Clinic Total Joint Registry were used to assess the association of diagnosis with moderate-severe limitation in activities of daily living (ADLs) and moderate-severe pain and at 2- and 5-years after primary TKA using multivariable-adjusted logistic regression analyses. We calculated odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI).
There were 7,139 primary TKAs at 2-years and 4,234 at 5-years. In multivariable-adjusted analyses, compared to rheumatoid arthritis (RA)/inflammatory arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) was associated with significantly lower odds ratio (OR) [95% confidence interval (CI)] of moderate-severe ADL limitation with OR of 0.5 [95% CI: 0.3, 0.8] (p=0.004) at 2-years, and 0.5 [95% CI, 0.3, 0.9] (p=0.02) at 5-years. There was no significant association of diagnosis of OA with moderate-severe pain at 2-years with OR of 1.2 [0.5, 2.7] (p=0.68) or at 5-years with OR of 1.0 [0.3, 3.7] (p=1.0).
We found patients with OA who underwent primary TKA had better ADL outcomes compared to patients with RA/inflammatory arthritis at 2- and 5-years. On the other hand, the pain outcomes did not differ in OA vs. RA after primary TKA. This suggests discordant effect of underlying diagnosis on pain and function outcomes after TKA. These novel findings can be used to better inform both patients and surgeons about expected pain and function outcomes after primary TKA.
PMCID: PMC3855298  PMID: 23925956
Total knee replacement; arthroplasty; joint replacement; patient-reported outcomes; osteoarthritis; rheumatoid arthritis
3.  Medical and psychological comorbidity predicts poor pain outcomes after total knee arthroplasty 
Rheumatology (Oxford, England)  2013;52(5):916-923.
Objective. To study comorbidity correlates of moderate to severe pain after total knee arthroplasty (TKA).
Methods. We analysed prospectively collected Total Joint Registry data to examine whether medical (heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, renal disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and CTD) and psychological (anxiety and depression) comorbidity is associated with moderate to severe pain after primary or revision TKA. Multivariable-adjusted logistic regression simultaneously adjusted for all comorbidities, age, sex, BMI, underlying diagnosis, American Society of Anesthesiologist (ASA) class, distance from medical centre and implant fixation (only for primary TKA) was used to analyse primary and revision TKA separately.
Results. The primary TKA cohort consisted of 7139 and 4234 TKAs (response rates 65% and 57%) and the revision TKA cohort consisted of 1533 and 881 TKAs at 2 and 5 years (response rates 57% and 48%), respectively. In the primary TKA cohort, anxiety was associated with 1.4 higher odds (95% CI 1.0, 2.0) of moderate to severe index knee pain at 2 years; at 5 years, heart disease (OR 1.7; 95% CI 1.1, 2.6), depression (OR 1.7; 95% CI 1.1, 2.5) and anxiety (OR 1.9; 95% CI 1.2, 3.1) were significantly associated with moderate to severe pain. For revision TKA, CTD (OR 0.5; 95% CI 0.2, 0.9) and depression (OR 1.8; 95% CI 1.1, 3.1) were significantly associated with moderate to severe pain.
Conclusion. This study identified medical and psychological comorbidity risk factors for moderate to severe pain after primary and revision TKA. This information can be used to provide realistic outcome expectations for patients before undergoing primary or revision TKA.
PMCID: PMC3630396  PMID: 23325037
pain; function; functional limitation; total knee replacement; primary; arthroplasty; joint replacement; outcomes; patient-reported outcomes
4.  Predictors of Activity Limitation and Dependence on Walking Aids following Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty 
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society  2010;58(12):10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.03182.x.
To study function outcomes and their predictors after primary total hip arthroplasty (THA).
Prospective Cohort Study
Single Institution
All patients who underwent primary THA at our institution between 1993 and 2005 and were alive at the time of follow-up.
Whether sex, age, body mass index (BMI), comorbidity, anxiety, and depression predict moderate to severe activity limitation (limitation in ≥3 activities) and complete dependence on waling aids 2 and 5 years after primary THA was examined. Multivariable logistic regression adjusted for operative diagnosis, American Society of Anesthesiologists score, implant type, and distance from medical center.
At 2 years, 30.3% of participants reported moderate to severe activity limitation; at 5 years, 35% of participants reported moderate to severe activity limitation. Significant predictors of moderate to severe activity limitations at 2-year follow-up were female sex (odds ratio (OR)=1.2, 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.1–1.4), aged 71 to 80 (OR=2.0, 95% CI=1.6–2.5), aged 80 and older (OR=4.5, 95% CI=3.4–6.0), depression (OR=2.1, 95% CI=1.6–2.7), and BMI greater than 30. At 5-year follow-up, significant predictors were aged 71 to 80 (OR=1.7, 95% CI=1.3–2.2), older than 80 (OR=4.3, 95% CI=2.8–6.6), depression (OR=2.3, 95% CI=1.6–3.4), and BMI greater than 30.Significant predictors of complete dependence on walking aids at 2 years were female sex (OR=2.0, 95% CI=1.4–2.7), aged 71 to 80 (OR=2.4, 95% CI=1.4–4.2), older than 80 (OR=11.4, 95% CI=6.0–21.9), higher Deyo-Charlson score (OR=1.5, 95% CI=(1.1–1.2) for 5-point increase, depression (OR=2.0, 95% CI=1.2–3.4), and BMI greater than 35. Each of these factors also significantly predicted complete dependence on walking at 5-year follow-up, with similar odds ratios, except that BMI 30–34.9 was not significantly associated.
Higher BMI, depression, older age, and female sex predict activity limitation and complete dependence on walking aids 2 and 5 years after primary THA.
PMCID: PMC3850176  PMID: 21143444
Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty; THA; Predictors; Activity Limitation; Function; walking aids
5.  Diabetes: A Risk Factor for Poor Functional Outcome after Total Knee Arthroplasty 
PLoS ONE  2013;8(11):e78991.
To assess the association of diabetes with postoperative limitation of activities of daily living (ADLs) after primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA).
Methodology/Principal Findings
We used the prospectively collected data from the Mayo Clinic Total Joint Registry to assess the association of diabetes and diabetes with complications with moderate-severe ADL limitation 2- and 5-years after primary TKA. Multivariable logistic regression with general estimating equations adjusted for preoperative ADL limitation, comorbidity and demographic and clinical covariates. Odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) are presented. 7,139 primary TKAs at 2-years and 4,234 at 5-years constituted the cohorts. In multivariable-adjusted analyses, diabetes was associated with higher odds of moderate-severe limitation at 2- and 5-years, 1.71 (95% CI: 1.26, 2.32; P = 0.001) and 1.66 (95% CI: 1.13, 2.46; P = 0.01). Respective ORs for patients with diabetes with complications were 2.73 (95% CI: 1.47, 5.07; P = 0.001) and 2.73 (95% CI: 1.21, 6.15; P = 0.016). Sensitivity analyses that adjusted for anxiety and depression or anxiety, depression and ipsilateral hip involvement showed minimal attenuation of magnitude of the association.
In this large study of patients who underwent primary TKA, diabetes as well as its severity were independently associated with poorer functional outcome. Given the increasing rates of both diabetes as well as arthroplasty, more insight is needed into disease-related and treatment-related factors that underlie this higher risk of ADL limitation in patients with diabetes. Poor functional outcomes may be preventable by modifying the control of diabetes and associated comorbidity in pre- and post-arthroplasty periods.
PMCID: PMC3827297  PMID: 24236080
6.  Total Knee Arthroplasty in Morbidly Obese Patients Treated with Bariatric Surgery: A Comparative Study 
The Journal of arthroplasty  2012;27(9):1696-1700.
Our objective was to compare outcomes (anesthesia time, total operative time, tourniquet time, duration of hospital stay, 90-day complication rate and transfusion rates) of patients with total knee arthroplasty (TKA) who underwent bariatric surgery before or after TKA. One-hundred-twenty-five patients were included: TKA before bariatric surgery (group 1; n=39); TKA within two years of bariatric surgery (group 2; n=25); and TKA more than 2 years after bariatric surgery (group 3; n=61). Patients with TKA more than 2 years after bariatric surgery had shorter anesthesia, total operative and tourniquet times than other groups; differences were significant between groups. Ninety-day complication and transfusion rates approached but did not meet statistical significance. Ninety-day complication rates and duration of hospital stay did not differ significantly between the three groups.
PMCID: PMC3413743  PMID: 22554730
Total knee arthroplasty; morbidly obese; bariatric surgery; outcomes
7.  Ninety-day Mortality in Patients Undergoing Elective Total Hip or Total Knee Arthroplasty 
The Journal of arthroplasty  2012;27(8):1417-1422.e1.
Using an institutional Joint Registry, we studied frequency, trends and predictors of mortality following elective total hip or knee arthroplasty (THA/TKA). Of the 12,727 and 12,484 patients who underwent THA and TKA respectively, all-cause mortality rates at 7-, 30- and 90-days were as follows: THA, 0.1%, 0.2% and 0.5%; TKA 0.1%. 0.2% and 0.4%, respectively. Statistically significant downward time-trend in 90-day mortality was noted after TKA (p=0.02), but not after THA (p=0.41). In multivariable-adjusted analyses of THA patients, older age, higher comorbidity index, and prior cardiac disease were significantly associated with higher 90-day mortality. In TKA patients, older age, male gender, ASA class of 3-4, and higher comorbidity index were associated with higher 90-day all-cause mortality. Optimization of disease management may reduce postoperative mortality after THA/TKA.
PMCID: PMC3413788  PMID: 22554727
8.  Cardiac and Thromboembolic Complications and Mortality in Patients Undergoing Total Hip and Total Knee Arthroplasty 
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases  2011;70(12):2082-2088.
Study 90-day cardiac and thromboembolic complications and all-cause mortality following total hip or knee arthroplasty (THA/TKA).
In a population-based cohort of all Olmsted County residents who underwent a THA or TKA between 1994 and 2008, we assessed 90-day occurrence and predictors of cardiac complications (myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmia or congestive heart failure), thromboembolic complications (deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE)) and mortality.
Among the Olmsted County THA and TKA cohorts, 90-day complication rates were as follows: cardiac, 15.8% and 6.9%; thromboembolic, 4.9% and 4.0%; and mortality, 0.7% and 0.4%, respectively. Unadjusted frequency of cardiac/thromboembolic events differed by history of prior respective event. In multivariable-adjusted logistic regression analyses, ASA class III–IV (OR, 6.1, 95% CI:1.6, 22.8) and higher Deyo-Charlson comorbidity score (OR, 1.2, 95% CI:1.0,1.4) were significantly associated with odds of 90-day cardiac event post-THA in patients with no known prior cardiac event. In those with known prior cardiac disease, ASA class III–IV (OR, 4.4, 95% CI:2.0, 9.9), male gender (OR, 0.5, 95% CI:0.3,0.9) and history of thromboembolic disease (OR, 3.2; 95% CI:1.4,7.0) were significantly associated with odds of cardiac complication 90-day post-THA. No significant predictors of thromboembolism were found in THA patients.
In TKA patients with no prior cardiac history, age >65 years (OR, 4.1, 95% CI:1.2, 14.0), and ASA class III–IV (OR, 2.8, 95% CI:1.1,6.8) and in TKA patients with known cardiac disease, ASA class III–IV (OR, 3.2, 95% CI:1.8,5.7) was significantly associated with odds of 90-day cardiac event. In TKA patients with no prior thromboembolic disease, male gender (OR, 0.5, 95% CI:0.2,0.9) and higher Charlson index (OR, 1.2, 95% CI:1.1,1.3) and in patients with known thromboembolic disease, higher Charlson index score (OR, 1.1, 95% CI:1.1,1.4) was associated with odds of 90-day thromboembolic event.
Older age, higher comorbidity, higher ASA class and prior history of cardiac/thromboembolic disease was associated with an increased risk of 90-day cardiac and thromboembolic complications.
PMCID: PMC3315837  PMID: 22021865
Cardiac; Thromboembolic; Total Hip Arthroplasty; Total Knee Arthroplasty; Mortality
9.  Peptic ulcer disease and Pulmonary disease are Associated with Risk of Periprosthetic Fracture after Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty 
Arthritis care & research  2011;63(10):1471-1476.
To assess the association of specific comorbidities with periprosthetic fractures after primary total knee replacement (TKA)
We used the prospectively collected data in the Mayo Clinic Total Joint Registry from 1989-2008 on all patients who had undergone primary TKA. The outcome of interest was postoperative periprosthetic fractures during the follow-up. Main predictors of interest were comorbidities grouped from the validated Deyo-Charlson index. Multivariable-adjusted Cox regression analyses adjusted for gender, age, body mass index (BMI), American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) class, operative diagnosis and implant fixation. Hazard ratios and 95% confidence intervals were calculated.
We included 17,633 primary TKAs with a mean follow-up of 6.3 years. The mean age was 68 years, 55% were women and mean BMI was 31. There were 188 postoperative periprosthetic fractures on postoperative day one or later; 162 fractures (86%) occurred postoperative day 90 day or later. In multivariable analyses that simultaneously adjusted for all comorbidities and other variables (age, gender, BMI, ASA, operative diagnosis, cement status), two conditions were significantly associated with increased hazard of postoperative periprosthetic fractures: peptic ulcer disease, hazard ratio of 1.87 (95% confidence interval:1.28, 2.75; p=0.0014); and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) hazard ratio of 1.62 (95% confidence interval:1.10, 2.40; p=0.02).
Peptic ulcer disease and COPD are associated with higher risk of periprosthetic fractures after primary TKA. This may be related to the disease or their treatments, which needs further study. Identification of specific risk factor may allow for implementation of intervention strategies to reduce this risk.
PMCID: PMC3183369  PMID: 21748860
Total knee arthroplasty; total knee replacement; periprosthetic fracture; predictors; risk factors; comorbidity; Primary TKA
10.  Higher Body Mass Index Is Not Associated with Worse Pain Outcomes After Primary or Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) 
The Journal of arthroplasty  2010;26(3):366-374.e1.
We assessed whether higher Body Mass Index (BMI) is associated with higher risk of moderate-severe knee pain 2- and 5-years after primary or revision Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA). We adjusted for gender, age, comorbidity, operative diagnosis and implant fixation in multivariable logistic regression. BMI (reference, <25 kg/m2) was not associated with moderate-severe knee pain at 2-years post-primary TKA (odds ratio (95% confidence interval): 25-29.9, 1.02 (0.75,1.39), p=0.90; 30-34.9, 0.93 (0.65,1.34), p=0.71; 35-39.9, 1.16 (0.77,1.74), p=0.47; ≥40, 1.09 (0.69,1.73), (all p-values ≥0.47). Similarly, BMI was not associated with moderate-severe pain at 5-year primary TKA and at 2- and 5-yr revision TKA follow-up. Lack of association of higher BMI with poor pain outcomes post-TKA implies that TKA should not be denied to obese patients for fear of suboptimal outcomes.
PMCID: PMC2930933  PMID: 20413245

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