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Complication of Joint Replacement

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.

Comment: So watch out guys. Be careful out there.

Men at higher risk after joint replacement


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.

Comment: So watch out guys. Be careful out there.

Reasons for Knee Replacement Failures Have Changed Over Time

Nancy Walsh writing in MedPage Today reported that the reasons for failures of implanted knees have changed over the past 15 years with the majority of failures today relating to surgeon dependent
factors such as component mal-positioning according to research presented at the meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.  Researchers arrived at this conclusion after having conducted a retrospective review of why primary knee implants failed in almost 700 cases and the time frames in which this happened.  The study’s lead author said in over 70% of cases where the cause was aseptic loosening, infection, or instability the mechanisms were at least in part under the surgeon’s control.

My comment about this:  all the more reason to find a surgeon who specializes in the procedure you’re going to have.

Anterior Hip Replacement Good Alternative to Conventional Surgery

Peter Jared writing in the New York Times reported that some hip surgery replacement patients are opting for anterior hip replacement instead of conventional hip replacement surgery that would require a long, painful recuperation.  The alternative surgery consists of an incision at the front of the hip instead of through the buttocks or the side of the hip.  This approach permits the doctor to reach the hip socket without cutting through major muscle groups.  It’s unknown how many surgeries currently use the new approach, but at a recent meeting of hip and knee surgeons, an informal survey suggests that as many as 20% of hip surgeons are now performing anterior hip replacement, according to Dr. Joseph Moskal, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute.  Nevertheless, the operation is tricky to perform and there is a steep learning curve for young surgeons.

My comment is that many of my patients who have had the anterior approach surgery absolutely love it.  So, it’s good news.

What's A Hip Replacement Cost?

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What’s a hip replacement cost

Elizabeth Rosenthal writing in the New York Times reported on a study published in JAMA. OF more than 100 hospitals, including top-ranked orthopedic centers and community hospitals, only half could provide any sort of price estimate, despite repeated calls. Those that could gave quotes that varied by a factor of more than 10, from $11,100 to $125,798.

Comment: Hmmm… So what’s all this hub-bub about reining in healthcare costs?


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