Joint replacements in the Canadian Armed Forces

Joint replacements in the Canadian Armed Forces

Can J Surg 2020;63(5):E409-E411 | Full Text | PDF

Max Talbot, MD


There is currently no consensus on the appropriate sports and occupational restrictions for military service members with a joint replacement. Data from the United States show that 14% of military patients complete an operational deployment after the index surgery. No published data are available on arthroplasty in the militaries of other North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries. Research is needed to determine the appropriate medical employment limitations for Canadian Armed Forces members with a knee or hip replacement. Service members wanting to continue military service should be carefully screened to ensure that their duties do not compromise the longevity of the implant and that the risk of mission-threatening complications is minimal.

Accepted Dec. 5, 2019

Affiliations: Department of Surgery, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, McGill University, Montreal, Que. and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Canadian Armed Forces.

Competing interests: None declared.

Disclaimer: This article reflects the personal views of the author. It does not represent the official policy of the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Armed Forces, or the Royal Canadian Medical Service.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.016419

Correspondence to: M. Talbot, Canadian Armed Forces, 6363 Notre-Dame Est, Montréal QC H1N 3R9