Hip Resurfacing Learning Curve for Surgeons
ORTHO Supersite News Wire (June 20, 2007)contained a link to an
article from Orthopedics International 2007, 10:10, May 2007, which
describes a study from Diane Back on the learning curve for correct
placement of the femoral hip resurfacing components. Instead of the
10 to 20 cases expected it actually took from 50 to 60 cases for the
surgeons studied to place the components where they wanted it (+/-5%
of target). In the United States where orthopaedists begin
practicing after completing fewer hip replacements than surgeons in
the United Kingdom or Australia, “It actually means their learning
curve may take them 10 years to get out of,” Back said. She also
recommends that surgeons just learning the procedure should tell
patients they are at the beginning of their learning curve and have
not done many of the procedures.
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Information in the News Wire:
* Diane L. Back, FRCS, Ed Orth, can be reached at Guy’s and St.
Thomas Hospital National Health Service, Lambeth Palace Rd., London,
SE17EH, England; +44-20-7188-4435 ; e-mail: email@example.com.
She has no financial disclosures related to this presentation.
* Back DL, Smith JD, Dalziel RE, et al. Establishing a learning
curve for hip resurfacing. #130. Presented at the American Academy
of Orthopaedic Surgeons 74th Annual Meeting. Feb. 14-18, 2007. San