Bariatric surgery before joint replacement… is it helpful… next? Bariatric surgery prior to joint replacement improves outcomes in obese patients
Reported in News Medical, obesity is not only a risk factor for developing knee and hip arthritis. It is also linked to less favorable outcomes after joint replacement surgery. Two new studies at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City find that bariatric surgery prior to joint replacement is a cost-effective option to improve outcomes after hip or knee replacement. The research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Las Vegas.
Low Birth Weight, Preterm Birth May Increase Risk For Hip Replacement In Adulthood
Hannah Nichols writing in MNT reported on an Australian study. Researchers from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia aimed to investigate whether joint replacement surgery due to osteoarthritis as adults could be added to the growing list of risk factors associated with low birth weight and preterm birth. The data was from 3,604 participants involved in the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study. The eligible contributors had reported their birth weight, history of preterm birth and were aged 40 or older at the time of joint replacement data collection. Prof.
Flavia Cicuttini comments: “Our findings suggest that individuals born prematurely or with low birth weight are more likely to need hip replacement surgery for osteoarthritis in adulthood.”
J&J’s Pinnacle Hips Face First Trial on Poisoned Patients
By Jef Feeley
Jef Feeley writing for Bloomberg News reported Johnson & Johnson, which set aside $2.5 billion last year to resolve claims that 8,000 of its artificial hips were defective, faces a new round of lawsuits over another line of hip implants blamed for poisoning patients.
J&J’s DePuy unit is readying for the first trial of allegations that the metal on metal version of the Pinnacle hip was defectively designed and caused metal debris to leech into patients’ bloodstreams.
There’s a new use for beer you might want to know about.
Beer brewing waste could help bone regeneration
Reported in Science Daily from the University of Madrid… Biomaterials for bone regeneration have been developed by researchers from beer brewing waste. The waste obtained from the beer brewing process contains the main chemical components found in bones (phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and silica), that after undergoing modification processes, this waste can be used as support or scaffold to promote bone regeneration for medical applications such as coating prosthesis or bone grafts, researchers report.
So… in the battle of the genders, who is at risk for complications after joint replacement… men or women? Discover the answer next…
Men at higher risk after joint replacement
Patrice Wendling writing in Rheumatology News reported that a Canadian study from the University of Toronto indicated that men were more likely to suffer from complications after joint replacement than women. Complications included heart attack, infection, and revision surgery. The increased risk was particularly severe following total knee replacement. Findings were presented at the World Congress on Osteoarthritis.