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Denying joint replacements based on prejudice...and is false economy
A decision by NHS trusts in Suffolk to deny replacement joints to obese patients seems to be based on prejudice or attribution of blame, argues a senior doctor in a letter to this week's BMJ. (2005-12-15)

Overweight men at risk of osteoarthritis of both hip and knee
Men who are overweight or obese are much more likely need a hip replacement for osteoarthritis than men who are of normal weight, finds research published online ahead of print in Annals of Rheumatic Diseases. (2008-05-27)

Bone-conserving hip replacement option good choice for younger patients
A study published in September's British Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery concludes that a hip replacement device developed at Mayo Clinic is successful in conserving bone, making it an attractive choice for younger patients. (2000-11-07)

Alternate type of surgery may prevent total knee replacement
An underused type of knee surgery in younger patients, called high tibial osteotomy, shows considerable success in reducing the need for total knee replacement, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (2021-02-01)

Race for new hips
A recent study at the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion in Pittsburgh suggests that patient treatment preferences play an important role in racial disparities in total joint replacement utilization observed in the US. Different attitudes toward total joint replacement procedures held by African-American and white patients explained racial disparities in whether orthopedic surgeons recommended the procedure to patients. These findings are published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. (2010-06-01)

Study: Hip replacement too soon after a steroid injection increases infection risk
The risk of developing an infection after surgery increased significantly in patients who had a hip replacement within three months of receiving a steroid injection to relieve hip pain, according researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery who reviewed thousands of patient records from California and Florida databases. (2016-03-02)

Bariatric surgery before knee replacement cost-effective in improving outcomes in obese patients
A study at Hospital for Special Surgery finds that bariatric surgery prior to total knee replacement is a cost-effective option to improve outcomes in severely obese patients. The research appeared in the January issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. (2016-02-18)

Patients with metabolic disorder may face higher complication risk following total joint replacement
In a new study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, researchers found that total joint replacement patients with three or more metabolic syndrome risk factors were almost three times as likely to have complications within the first year after joint replacement. (2014-03-11)

Researchers work to create more permanent joint replacements
With the help of a $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, University of Missouri researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at Columbia University in New York City, will expand their biological joint technology that uses living tissue instead of plastic and metal to replace damaged joints. This new technology, which responds in ways similar to normal cartilage in a healthy joint, could prevent patients from having complications that result in repeat joint-replacement surgeries. (2009-06-23)

HRT cuts risk of repeat knee/hip replacement surgery by 40 percent
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) taken regularly for six months after a knee or hip replacement seems to cut the risk of repeat surgery by around 40 percent, indicates a large population based study published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. (2014-01-22)

Not all patients benefit equally from hip or knee replacement: Study finds
Only half of people with arthritis who had a hip or knee replacement reported a significant improvement in pain and mobility after surgery, according to a new study led by Women's College Hospital and the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences. (2013-04-04)

Customized knee replacement depends on surgeon's skill, not implant design
While the choices of knee implants are plentiful, the success of total knee replacement surgery still is dependent on the surgeon's skill, Henry Ford Hospital researchers say. (2011-02-16)

Knee and hip replacements may be bad for the heart
Contrary to recent reports, Boston-based researchers found that osteoarthritis patients who had total knee or hip joint replacement surgery, known as arthroplasty, were at increased risk of heart attack (myocardial infarction) in the early post-operative period. However, findings published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, indicate that long-term risk of heart attack did not persist, while the risk for venous thromboembolism -- blood clot in veins and lungs -- remained years after the procedure. (2015-08-31)

Infection is the leading cause of failed prosthetic knee joints
A new study found that infection is the leading cause of failed prosthetic knee joints, with elderly, female patients with a moderate number of comorbidities, representing the largest proportion of the revision population. (2014-03-12)

Lower index to ring finger ration associated with higher risk of osteoarthritis in knee
A new study published online today in the journal Rheumatology has found that the lower the ratio between a person's index finger and their ring finger, the higher their risk of developing severe osteoarthritis in their knees, requiring a total knee replacement. (2014-03-04)

New test shows promise for detecting warning signs of joint replacement failure
A new test shows promise for detecting the early stages of a major cause of failure in joint replacement implants, so that patients can be treated and perhaps avoid additional surgery. More than 1.5 million total joint replacement operations are performed worldwide each year. While the success rate is 90 per cent, almost 10 per cent of implants fail and require additional surgery, report appears in the ACS journal Molecular Pharmaceutics. (2011-04-27)

Drug banned by sports may be good for oldies
A world-first pilot study suggests that anabolic steroids, best known for doping in sports, may in fact help older people recover better after joint replacement surgery. (2006-06-13)

Heavier patients require less blood transfusions in hip, knee replacement surgery
Blood transfusion rates in hip and knee replacement surgery were dramatically lower in overweight or obese patients than patients of normal weight, according to a study at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Researchers also found no correlation between the heavier patients and post-surgical complications such as blood clots and heart attacks. (2015-10-01)

Radiation boost for artificial joints
A blast of gamma radiation could toughen up plastic prosthetic joints to make them strong enough to last for years, according to researchers in China writing in the current issue of the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology. (2011-09-22)

Dislocating a hip after total hip replacement can be a traumatic experience
In their current review article published in Deutsches Ă„rzteblatt International, Jens Dargel et al. point out that the prevention of dislocation after total hip replacement plays an important role and describe the risks that need to be addressed. (2015-01-22)

Knee replacement timing is all wrong for most patients
The timing of knee replacement surgery is critical to optimize its benefit. But 90% of patients with knee osteoarthritis who would potentially benefit from knee replacement are waiting too long to have it and getting less benefit, reports a new study. In addition, about 25% of patients who don't need it are having it prematurely when the benefit is minimal, the study found. African-Americans delayed knee replacement surgery more than Caucasians. (2020-01-13)

Hip, hip, hooray! Global study finds high success rate for hip and knee replacements
After reviewing thousands of case studies going back 25 years across six countries, generalisable survival data is now available for the first time to estimate how long hip and knee replacements are likely to last. (2019-02-14)

Physiotherapy has short-term benefits for patients after knee surgery
Physiotherapy can improve the daily lives of patients who have had knee replacement surgery due to osteoarthritis in the short term, according to a study published on (2007-09-24)

Physiotherapy 'postcode lottery' uncovered
New research finds that the amount of physiotherapy available following hip and knee replacements comes down to a 'postcode lottery.' Those living in London and the North of England are more likely to receive physiotherapy, patients in the South West are the least likely to receive physiotherapy. The research also reveals other factors impacting whether patients receive physiotherapy -- including how old the patient is (younger patients more likely to), gender (females more likely to) and ethnicity (non-whites more likely to). (2019-11-27)

More rural Medicare beneficiaries elect joint replacement surgery than urban recipients
Southern Illinois University researchers determined Medicare beneficiaries living in rural areas were 27 percent more likely than urban recipients to have total knee or hip replacement surgeries. Researchers found women were more likely than men to undergo total joint replacement surgeries. Full findings appear in the in the December issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology. (2009-11-30)

Nearly all shoulder replacement patients under age 55 return to sports
A new study being presented today at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), found that 96.4 percent of recreational athletes, age 55 and younger, who underwent total shoulder replacement surgery returned to at least one sport, on average, within seven months of surgery. (2017-03-14)

Total Joint Center at The Miriam Hospital awarded second Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval
The Total Joint Center at The Miriam Hospital has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. The certification recognizes the Total Joint Center's quality, consistency and safety of services and patient care set by The Joint Commission. (2017-03-27)

Computer-assisted navigation systems helps surgeons perfect minimally invasive joint replacement
Rush University Medical Center is among the first hospitals in the country to use a computer-assisted navigation system in orthopedic joint replacement surgery. The image-guided navigation system is similar to the location and directional tracking systems used for cars and ships today -- it is, in effect, a global positioning system (GPS) for the surgeon. Informative positioning calculations are displayed on a graphically intuitive screen, which dynamically changes with the individual patient's anatomy. (2004-06-22)

Study: Losing or gaining weight after joint replacement affects how well patients do
While many overweight patients intend to lose weight after joint replacement, a study at Hospital for Special Surgery finds that although some are able to achieve this goal, equal numbers of patients actually gain weight after hip or knee replacement. Patients who lose weight do better in terms of function and activity level two years down the road. (2014-03-14)

One in five awaiting new hip suffering extreme pain, study shows
Almost 20 per cent of people awaiting hip replacements are experiencing extreme pain or discomfort, a study shows. (2019-08-15)

Does race dictate quality of care?
Racial minorities have reduced access to high-quality joint replacement care, according to Dr. Xueya Cai and colleagues from the University of Iowa in the US. Their work, published online in Springer's journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, shows that African American patients are more likely than Caucasians to receive total knee arthroplasty (or replacement surgery) in low-quality hospitals. (2011-09-13)

How effective is total knee replacement in patients with rheumatoid arthritis?
Studies that have assessed the effects of total knee replacement on quality of life are scarce and have been almost exclusively limited to patients with osteoarthritis, even though rheumatoid arthritis is the most common inflammatory arthritis for which the surgery is indicated. (2015-07-20)

Study: Patients benefit from one-on-one education prior to joint replacement surgery
A study at Hospital for Special Surgery finds that patients benefit from a one-on-one education session provided by a physical therapist and access to a custom web portal prior to knee or hip replacement surgery. (2016-02-20)

Bundled payment model reduces health disparities for Black patients
A new nationwide model of care for hip and knee joint replacements appears to reduce disparities in health outcomes for Black patients, according to new research led by Oregon Health & Science University. (2020-09-22)

Shoulder replacement eases pain, improves motion in rheumatoid arthritis patients, Mayo Study finds
Shoulder arthritis is a common problem for rheumatoid arthritis patients. If medication and physical therapy aren't enough, shoulder replacement surgery is a common next step. Despite surgical challenges with some rheumatoid arthritis patients, the procedure improves range of motion and reduces pain in nearly all cases, especially for those with intact rotator cuffs, a Mayo Clinic study shows. The findings are published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. (2014-01-13)

Common bone drug may extend life of replacement joints
People who take bisphosphonates after joint replacement surgery are less likely to need a repeat operation, finds a new study published on today. (2011-12-06)

NASA sees powerful storms around Cebile's Eye
When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Cebile it measured cloud top temperatures and saw its eye circled by an impressive ring of powerful thunderstorms just before it went through eyewall replacement. (2018-01-30)

Research examines factors in delaying or declining total knee replacement surgery
A study led by Dr. Ann F. Jacobson, associate professor in Kent State's College of Nursing, unveils the reasons why people may initially choose to postpone but ultimately undergo total knee replacement surgery and emphasizes the need for better patient education before and after the procedure. Study results identified four overarching themes in patients' experiences of total knee replacement, which the researchers named (2008-05-14)

2 knee replacements may be better than 1
Replacing both knees in one surgery, or simultaneous total knee replacement was associated with significantly fewer prosthetic joint infections as well as other revision knee operations within one year after surgery, compared with total knee replacements performed in two separate procedures. However, simultaneous replacement was associated with a moderately higher risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes within 30 days, according to a study presented today at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. (2011-02-17)

How often do hip and knee replacements need revision?
A comprehensive study using nationwide data on hip and knee replacements in England has found that one in 75 patients require a revision of their joint replacement after three years. Although this compares favorably with the rest of the world, the study published in this week's PLoS Medicine reinforces concerns about the new surgical techniques of hip resurfacing and unicondylar knee replacement. (2008-09-01)

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