Primary total hip or knee replacement: evaluation of patients

Ann Intern Med. 1982 Nov;97(5):735-9. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-5-735.


Total joint replacement surgery has revolutionized the management of chronic arthritis. Careful patient selection, medical follow-up, patient education, and rehabilitation management produce the best results. The indications, contraindications, and results of total knee and hip replacement are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis / surgery
  • Hip Prosthesis* / adverse effects
  • Hip Prosthesis* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Knee Prosthesis* / adverse effects
  • Knee Prosthesis* / psychology
  • Preoperative Care
  • Risk