Early repetitive radiography is unnecessary after an uncomplicated cemented hip or knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis

Published online: Dec 27 2005

Raimo Olavi Niskanen

From the Päijät-Häme Central Hospital, Lahti, Finland


Radiographs are necessary at some early point after a hip and knee arthroplasty. The aim of this study was to assess the value of routine repetitive radiographic examinations and the value of a reading of the images by a radiologist. Data of 200 cemented hip and knee arthroplasties for osteoarthritis were reviewed. In-hospital and outpatient postoperative control radiographs were examined. If post-operative radiographs are of good quality, there seems to be no need for early repetitive radiographs. Neither is a radiologist reading of the radiographs after joint arthroplasty of any benefit.