The Hip Society Honors Researchers at Joint Replacement Institute at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles

Written by Laura Dyrda | January 05, 2012 | Print  |
The research team at the Joint Replacement Institute at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles has received The Hip Society's Frank Stinchfield Award, according to a practice news release. In the study, researchers measured the motion of the leg with a micro-processor worn around the patient's ankle after receiving total hip arthroplasty. The device recorded movement in real time.

Patients in the study were monitored for a minimum of 10 years. The researchers found that as the patents aged, the level of activity decreases along with the wear of the joints. The highest wear rate occurred in the first five years and can be used to predict the longevity of the artificial joint.

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