April 11, 2012
Nearly 70% of patients with hip replacements reported their prosthetic joints
were a source of inconvenience when going through airport security screens,
according to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery…
.."Of the 143 patients with hip replacements who traveled by air, 120 (84%)
reported triggering the alarm and required wanding with a handheld detector,"
the authors wrote. "Ninety-nine (69%) of the 143 patients reported that the
prosthetic joint caused an inconvenience while traveling."
According to an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons release, patients who
had a single hip implant demonstrated a lower rate of triggering alarms (80%)
compared with those who had two hip implants (95%)…
Johnson AJ, Naziri Q, Hooper HA, Mont MA. Detection of total hip prostheses at
airport security checkpoints: How has heightened security affected patients? J
Bone Joint Surg (Am). 2012. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.K.00864