Robotic surgery has gained tremendous interest in healthcare this past decade. With flourishing growth in urologic surgery and OB/Gyn, some doctors are looking into applications of robotic surgery in the orthopedic world.
Developing an infection in and around a total hip or knee replacement is one of the most catastrophic complications that can occur. During a dental procedure, it is possible for bacteria from the mouth, teeth or gums to travel through the bloodstream and settle in an artificial joint.
A commonly asked question by those seeking a joint replacement is how soon can I fly after the surgery?
A study by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery has shown that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) holds great promise for treating patients with knee osteoarthritis. The treatment improved pain and function, and in up to 73% of patients, appeared to delay the progression of osteoarthritis, which is a progressive disease.
Most patients understand that knee replacements can wear out over time, but exactly how long is a knee replacement supposed to last? Knee replacements eventually wear out. Unfortunately, an artificial knee is not as durable as your own knee. Because the knee replacement implants are made of metal and plastic, over time, these materials begin to wear, just like the rubber on your car tires. Although knee replacements are designed to last a long time, they will not last forever.
Healthy patients who undergo total hip replacement (THR) can be fast tracked to be discharged in two days compared with the standard three to six days, according to a study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City. The study could help cut down on hospital-acquired infections, reduce hospital costs and improve patient satisfaction.
Results of a new retrospective observational study showed patients with knee osteoarthritis who were treated with intra-articular hyaluronic acid had a longer time to knee arthroplasty compared with patients who did not receive the injections.
Depending on the location of osteoarthritis, a patient’s driving capability can be impaired and can show significantly increased total braking distance, according to recently published results.
Hip replacement surgery has long been used to treat hip arthritis in elderly patients. However, concerns arise when a patient in his 40s, 50s, or younger, has severe arthrtis that is not relieved with non-operative treatments. Once reserved for elderly patients, hip replacement surgery is now becoming more common in the younger, active population.