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Findings from a study conducted in Canada and published online in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine suggest the practice of overlapping surgery may be relatively rare, but notes potential for an increased risk for surgical complication. 

Members of the research team conducted a retrospective, population-based, cohort study of 38,008 surgically treated hip fractures, of which 960 were considered overlapping, and 52,869 total hip arthroplasties (THAs), of which 1,560 were considered overlapping. After matching, the researchers found that both overlapping hip fracture procedures and THAs were at increased risk of complication compared to non-overlapping procedures. "These findings support the notion that overlapping provision of surgery should be part of the informed consent process," they write. Learn more...