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Weight-Loss Surgery Often Brings Less Painful Joints: Study

Posted 4 Nov 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 – Aching knee and hip joints may hurt less after successful weight-loss surgery, a new study suggests. "In particular, walking is easier, which impacts patients' ability to adopt a more physically active lifestyle," lead researcher Wendy King said in a news release from the ObesityWeek meeting. Weight-loss surgery isn't a "magic bullet" for joint pain for every patient, however. "Some patients continue to have significant pain and disability" even after the operation, said King, who is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. King's team was to present the findings Wednesday at the ObesityWeek meeting in Los Angeles, which is hosted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society. In the study, the researchers tracked outcomes for more than 2,200 obese people, ... Read more

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Knee Replacement Brings Less Pain, Better Function

Posted 21 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2015 – Total knee replacement usually results in greater pain relief and better joint function after a year than nonsurgical arthritis treatment, researchers report. But baby boomers shouldn't automatically rule out physical therapy for moderate to severe knee arthritis, the authors of the new study said. "There are nearly 700,000 knee replacements done in the United States each year, but evidence of their benefit has been lacking," said lead author Soren Thorgaard Skou, a researcher in the musculoskeletal function and physiotherapy unit at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. By 2010, knee replacement had become the leading inpatient surgery performed on adults 45 and over in the United States, according to data from the U.S. National Hospital Discharge Survey. Average age of the recipients was 66. For the study, Skou's team randomly assigned 100 patients ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Surgery, Osteoarthritis, Hip Replacement, Knee Joint Replacement, Orthopedic Surgery

Obesity Won't Affect Joint Surgery Safety, Study Finds

Posted 2 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 – Obese and overweight people who have joint replacement surgeries are less likely to need blood transfusions and are no more likely to face complications than normal weight patients, a new analysis finds. "It's a very complex issue," said study co-author Dr. Nolan Wessell, an orthopaedic surgery resident at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. "And this finding is somewhat surprising. "But it could just be that larger patients have a larger total blood value," he added. "And therefore lose a lower percentage of their blood than smaller patients during surgery. Essentially, it may be that they have a larger reserve in their tank, and can afford to lose a bit more blood without needing a transfusion. We don't know. But at least conceptually that makes sense." Still, senior study author Dr. Craig Silverton, vice chairman of orthopaedics at Henry Ford, cautioned that more ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Obesity, Hip Replacement, Knee Joint Replacement, Orthopedic Surgery

More Americans Getting Knees Replaced, And at Younger Ages

Posted 2 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 – Aging baby boomers are getting bum knees replaced at a greater rate, and at a younger age, than ever before, a new U.S. study confirms. The data, from the National Hospital Discharge Survey, shows that between 2000 and 2010, more than 5.2 million total knee replacements were performed in the United States. By 2010, the operation had become the leading inpatient surgery performed on adults aged 45 and over. The rate at which middle-aged and older Americans got their knees replaced almost doubled over the years covered by the study, for men and women, the researchers found. People aren't putting off the procedure for as long, either. In 2000, the average knee replacement patient was about 69 years old, but by 2010 that age had dropped to just over 66, the findings showed. One expert said there's been a change in doctors' and patients' attitudes toward the ... Read more

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Knee, Hip Replacement Surgeries Linked to Heart Risks

Posted 31 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 – People who have total hip or knee replacement surgery face a greater risk for a heart attack during the first month following the procedure, a new study finds. The chances of a heart attack were more than eight times greater in the first 30 days after total knee replacement surgery compared to people who didn't have the procedure. The risk of a heart attack was four times greater during the month following total hip replacement surgery, the study revealed. But the researchers noted that the findings shouldn't deter people from having these surgeries. "Overall, neither knee or hip replacement increases the risk of heart attack over the entire follow-up period in our study, even though the risk was substantially increased shortly after surgery," he said. "This risk should not keep a patient from having either surgery." Indeed, the odds of a heart attack dissipated ... Read more

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25 Million U.S. Adults Struggle With Daily Pain

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Pain is widespread in much of America, with more than 25 million adults – 11 percent – suffering on a daily basis, a new national survey reveals. And approximately 14 million adults – roughly 6.4 percent – experience severe pain, which can be associated with poorer health and disability, researchers found. Other national studies of chronic pain have yielded similar results, said study author Richard Nahin, an epidemiologist with the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). "What makes this study unique is that I also looked at how often adults have mild pain," he said. Nahin found that about 54 million adults – nearly one-quarter – reported "mild," but not incapacitating, pain. Whether pain is increasing nationally is difficult to say, Nahin said. But the good news is that roughly half of ... Read more

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Tuning Into Your Favorite Music May Boost Post-Op Recovery

Posted 12 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 – Mozart, Madonna or Eminem: Whatever your taste, music may help you recover from a surgery, according to a new review of data on the subject. "More than 51 million operations are performed every year in the U.S.," lead author Dr. Catherine Meads, of Brunel University in the United Kingdom, said in a news release from The Lancet, which published the findings Aug. 12. "Music is a non-invasive, safe, cheap intervention that should be available to everyone undergoing surgery," she said. "Patients should be allowed to choose the type of music they would like to hear to maximize the benefit to their well-being." The only caveat: "Care needs to be taken that music does not interfere with the medical team's communication," Meads said. In their research, her team reviewed data from 72 studies that included nearly 7,000 patients. The investigators found that listening ... Read more

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Knee Replacement May Ease Pain for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Knee replacement surgery can temporarily return the joint to an earlier, better level of function in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, new research suggests. The surgery "acts like a time machine" for these patients, said study senior author Kaleb Michaud, an associate professor of internal medicine in the division of rheumatology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha. "It's a very important treatment option, and our study is really about showing how their lives improved afterwards," Michaud said. Most studies of knee replacement surgery focus on patients with osteoarthritis, the "wear-and-tear" form of arthritis. This kind of arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage, the cushiony material at the ends of bones. On the other hand, patients who have the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis experience painful inflammation and swelling ... Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Knee Joint Replacement

Using Same Hospital for Complications After Surgery Lowers Death Risk: Study

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – Surgery patients who suffer complications after discharge from a hospital are more likely to die if they're readmitted to a different hospital than where they had their original operation, a new study finds. University of Utah researchers reviewed information on millions of Medicare patients who underwent one of 12 major surgical procedures between 2001 and 2011. They found that up to one-fifth of the patients were readmitted to a hospital within 30 days due to complications. Up to 83 percent of patients with complications were readmitted to the same hospital where they had their initial surgery. Overall, readmission to the same hospital was associated with a 26 percent lower risk of death within 90 days, the study revealed. For specific types of surgeries, the risk of death associated with readmission to the same hospital ranged from 44 percent lower for ... Read more

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Study Questions Value of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery for Older Patients

Posted 17 Jun 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – Arthroscopic surgery to relieve chronic knee pain in middle-aged and older patients is only temporarily effective and might be harmful, a new analysis suggests. Researchers who reviewed 18 studies recommended against the procedure as a treatment for arthritis pain or a torn meniscus – the shock-absorbing cartilage between the knee bones – in older adults. "We found you improve regardless of if you have surgery or nonsurgical treatment," said one of the researchers, Ewa Roos, a professor in the department of sports science and clinical biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark. Dr. David Teuscher, president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, agrees that for this type of knee pain, arthroscopic surgery has no benefit. In fact, doctors in the U.S. no longer use this procedure to relieve knee pain, he said. "We did the research on this ... Read more

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Young Athletes With ACL Injuries Often Need Repeat Surgery: Study

Posted 22 May 2015 by

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 – Many young athletes who undergo surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) need a second operation later on, a new study shows. Torn ACLs are widespread among people younger than 21, said researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "This is the first study to evaluate, on a population level, the percentage of patients under age 21 who had subsequent ACL or non-ACL knee surgery following a primary anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction," lead investigator Dr. Emily Dodwell, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, said in a hospital news release. Using a New York state database, her team identified 23,912 cases of ACL reconstruction in patients younger than 21. Of these patients, 8 percent needed a second surgery on this ligament, and 14 percent needed another knee surgery that didn't involve their ACL. The median time between surgeries ... Read more

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Health Tip: Exercising With Knee Problems

Posted 14 Apr 2015 by

-- Exercise may be just what the doctor ordered if you have knee pain. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests: Start out exercising slowly, and over time build up the duration and intensity of your workout. While some discomfort is OK, pain is not. You should stop if you feel pain in your knee. A little stiffness or soreness is OK, but significant pain the day after exercising probably means you've overdone it. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist if you have questions about exercising with knee pain. Read more

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In-Patient Rehab Not Always Needed After New Knee

Posted 26 Mar 2015 by

THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 – Patients who choose at-home physical therapy instead of in-patient rehabilitation after knee replacement surgery do just as well when it comes to complications, long-term pain management and movement recovery, new research indicates. "Based on these findings, we are encouraging more patients to consider going home so they can receive their aftercare in a home environment instead of at an in-patient rehab facility," said study lead author Dr. Douglas Padgett, chief of the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "Many patients may also feel more comfortable in a familiar home setting during their recovery," he added. Padgett explained that the study was sparked by a growing tendency to send knee surgery patients directly home from the hospital, rather than to a rehab center. "With our study, we ... Read more

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Better Pain Relief After Knee Replacement Surgery?

Posted 5 Jan 2015 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 – Postoperative pain is always a concern after knee replacement surgery, but a new study suggests a strategy that might give patients another way to ease discomfort. Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit note that the painful recovery process following knee replacement surgery is a persistent problem. However, the research team found that injecting a newer, long-acting numbing medicine, known as liposomal bupivacaine, into the area surrounding the knee helps patients recover more quickly and boosts their satisfaction with the procedure. "Patients had pain relief for up to two days after surgery and better knee function compared with the traditional method," said the study's senior author, Dr. Jason Davis, a joint replacement surgeon at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, in a hospital news release. The study involved more than 200 patients who underwent ... Read more

Related support groups: Knee Joint Replacement, Postoperative Pain

Medical Implant Devices Skate Through Review Process, Studies Claim

Posted 30 Sep 2014 by

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 – Every day, people receive medical implants – artificial valves, hip replacements, surgical mesh and the like – that may not have been rigorously tested before or after their approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, two new studies contend. The studies – conducted by prominent nonprofit groups and published online Sept. 29 in JAMA Internal Medicine – lay the blame for inadequate medical device testing on lax oversight by the FDA. Manufacturers didn't submit any scientific evidence on the safety or effectiveness of 42 out of a sample of 50 new implants in their applications to the FDA, according to a review conducted by the nonprofit National Center for Health Research. The FDA cleared the implants for use in humans. "If you are a doctor who wants to know what the scientific evidence is that this device is safe and effective, there is no publicly ... Read more

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