Browsing Tag: knee replacement
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Knee Replacements On The Rise Among Seniors
Janice Lloyd writing in USA Today reported on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which found that the “number of total knee replacement surgeries has soared 61.5% among Medicare participants over the past 20 years, a $5 billion annual tab that will continue to grow as the USA’s 77 million Baby Boomers age.” The article says that “the wider use of knee eplacement, on one hand, is good news for the rapidly aging population.” However, it adds that although “knee surgery eases pain from severe arthritis and improves quality of life,” the study authors say the improvements “can be viewed as another strain on government, individuals, and businesses struggling with unremitting growth in health care costs.”
There’s got to be a better way. I still advocate stem cells.
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Smoking May Be Harmful For Hip And Knee Replacement Patients.
Alexandra Sifferlin writing in the Time reported, “People with arthritis – especially those with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis – are some of the most likely to need hip and knee replacements, making them especially vulnerable to the ill effects of smoking.” The story adds, “Two recent studies presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Francisco report smoking – past or present – is harmful for hip and knee replacement patients.”
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Long-Term Info On Knee Replacement Outcomes Comes Up Short
John Gever writing in Medpage Today “Long-term data on total knee replacement surgery is largely limited to revision, leaving clinicians and patients in the dark about outcomes such as residual pain and disability,” according to an article published in The Lancet. Researchers “outlined four directions for the future of knee replacement surgery,” those being “more consistent patient selection for
knee replacement, long-term monitoring with patient-oriented outcomes, as well as revision, as endpoints, approval of new designs only after large randomized trials that demonstrate cost-effectiveness as well as clinical efficacy,” and “better management of young people with early arthritis to avoid need for replacement surgery.”
Researchers also proposed that “new treatment strategies for osteoarthritis that avoid the need for surgical joint replacement should be a ‘major emphasis’ for research.”
Comment: We still don’t know everything we should know about joint replacement surgery.
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Less Physical Activity Than Expected After Knee Replacement.
Kerry Grens writing in Reuters reported according to a study published in the Journal of Arthroplasty, patients who had undergone knee-replacement surgery showed lower levels of physical activity after recovering from the surgery than they had expected. The article goes on to discuss how it is important for knee-replacement patients to incorporate more physical exercise into their lifestyles so that they can improve their recreational function.
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Lara Salahi and Brinda Adhikari reporting for ABC News said “In 2009, nearly 63 percent of women underwent total knee replacement surgery, most of whom were between ages of 40 and 80, according to Nationwide Inpatient Sample, a database sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.” However, even though “more than 90 percent of people who undergo total knee replacement experience a dramatic reduction in pain,” returning to “strenuous physical activities” is difficult, and “most surgeons advise against high-impact activities, such as running, jogging, jumping, and high-impact sports for the rest of one’s life after surgery.”
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