The report, based on studies presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, shows mental health is a factor in outcomes after joint replacement. In one study, 97 patients underwent minimally invasive total knee replacement procedures. Male patients with higher anxiety scored higher on postoperative pain ratings and reported longer hospital. The study also found women more likely to report higher postoperative pain then men.
Another study of 1,657 patients undergoing hip replacement found that taking antidepressants before the procedure was correlated with higher pain scores and lower patient satisfaction.
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Mental Health Impacts Joint Replacement OutcomesWritten by Laura Miller | February 14, 2012
A patient's mental health status can impact orthopedic surgery outcomes, according to a report in Psych Central.
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