Current Rheumatology Reports

, 15:371 | Cite as

Osteoporosis and Orthopedic Surgery: Effect of Bone Health on Total Joint Arthroplasty Outcome

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  1. Topical Collection on Surgery and Perioperative Care


Osteoporosis is a common condition. As the population ages, more patients with osteoporosis will require orthopedic procedures, including arthroplasty. Adverse outcomes are more likely for patients with osteoporosis requiring orthopedic procedures, for example those with intraoperative fractures, periprosthetic osteolysis with implant migration, and postoperative periprosthetic fractures. Cemented prosthetic hip replacements may be more successful among patients with poor bone quality. Femoral neck fracture is a concern during hip resurfacing among patients with osteoporosis. Vitamin D deficiency is common among patients undergoing joint arthroplasty and the ideal vitamin D level for joint arthroplasty has yet to be determined. Both bisphosphonates and teriparatide may aide successful osteointegration among patients undergoing noncemented joint arthroplasty. Focusing on bone health perioperatively should result in better outcomes for orthopedic procedures.


Osteoporosis Orthopedic surgery Joint arthroplasty Bone health Resurfacing total hip arthroplasty Osteolysis Vitamin D Teriparatide Denosumab Heterotopic ossification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA

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