Researchers create risk score for knee, hip surgery

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New research is able to determine if a person will need knee or hip replacement surgery.

The study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology finds a research team has developed a risk score based on individuals’ genetic data to predict their likelihood of needing surgery.

The score incorporates 10 genetic sequence variants for predicting a person’s risk of needing knee replacement surgery, and 37 genetic sequence variants for predicting the risk of needing hip replacement surgery.

Researchers found people with high scores had greater odds of needing surgery.