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Opioids Before Joint Replacement Tied to Worse Recovery

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 – Prolonged use of opioid painkillers before total knee or hip replacement may greatly increase a patient's risk of repeat surgery and hospitalization, a new study says. Opioid use should be considered yet another risk factor for surgeons and patients to consider before elective joint replacement, wrote lead researcher Dr. Hue Luu and his colleagues from the University ...

Health Tip: What To Expect From Joint Replacement Surgery

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

--Joint replacement surgery removes damaged parts of a joint and replaces them with man-made parts. The goal is to restore function and reduce pain and inflammation. The most commonly replaced joints are the hip or knee. Less often, a shoulder, finger joint, ankle or elbow is replaced, the U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases says. The agency describes what ...

Managing Pain With Fewer Opioids After Joint Replacement

Posted 15 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – Using two or more pain control methods after hip and knee replacement surgery rather than opioid painkillers alone reduces risks to patients, a new study finds. "Patients need to be aware that there are ways to treat their pain during and after surgery in addition to opioids," said study author Dr. Stavros Memtsoudis. "If the doctor prescribes more than one type of ...

A New Hip May Mean a Longer, Better Life

Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – A hip replacement may help seniors live longer – for at least a decade anyway, a new study from Sweden suggests. "Our study suggests that hip replacement can add years to life as well as adding 'life to years' – increasing the chances of longer survival as well as improving the quality of life," said study author Dr. Peter Cnudde. He's an orthopedic surgeon with the ...

Aspirin as Good a Clot Buster as Pricey Drugs After Joint Replacement

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – Good old aspirin is just as effective as newer, expensive drugs at preventing blood clots after hip or knee replacement, a new clinical trial suggests. Researchers said the findings could change some doctors' prescribing habits. After knee or hip replacement surgery, there's a risk of blood clots in the legs or lungs. So it's routine for patients to take ...

Grandparents Help Shape Kids' Views on Aging

Posted 15 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Jan. 13, 2018 – Kids who have a good relationship with their grandparents are less likely to become prejudiced against old people, a new study has found. That prejudice, known as ageism, is fairly common in children, even in those as young as 3, according to researchers from the University of Liege in Belgium. However, their study found that ageism tends to dwindle at about ages 10 to ...

'Bone Cement': A Non-Surgical Option for Painful Joints?

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – Injecting a calcium-based cement into the bones of some people with knee or hip pain could help them avoid joint replacement surgery, Ohio State University doctors say. The calcium phosphate cement flows into the spongy inside portion of the bone, filling in microfractures and other damaged areas, and it hardens in about 10 minutes' time, said Dr. Kelton Vasileff, an ...

Checking Prices for Medical Procedures Online? Good Luck

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – The cards seem to be stacked against anyone who'd like to use the internet to become a smarter health care consumer. A new study has found that people searching online to figure out how much they'll pay for a medical procedure will come away disappointed most of the time, said lead researcher Allison Kratka. She's a medical student at Duke University in Durham, N.C. ...

Steroid Injections for Arthritic Hips: More Trouble Than They're Worth?

Posted 29 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – They may temporarily ease pain, but new research suggests that steroid injections to arthritic hips may exacerbate bone trouble over the longer term. These injections have long been used "for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes for various joint conditions," noted Dr. Crispin Ong, an orthopedic surgeon who was not involved with the study but reviewed the new findings. ...

Don't Delay Hip Fracture Surgery. Here's Why

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 – Seniors with a fractured hip need surgery as soon as possible or they could suffer life-threatening complications, a new Canadian study concludes. Having surgery within 24 hours decreases the risk of hip fracture-related death. It also lowers odds of problems such as pneumonia, heart attack and blocked arteries, the researchers found. "We found that there appears to be a ...

People Tend to Overestimate Pain From Surgery

Posted 4 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 – Many patients overestimate the amount of pain they'll experience after surgery, resulting in needless anxiety, a new study reports. "We believe providers need to do a better job of counseling patients on realistic pain expectations," said study co-author Dr. Jaime Baratta, director of regional anesthesia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. The research ...

Genetic Testing May Help Make Warfarin Safer

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 – Genetic testing can improve the safety of the blood thinner warfarin, a new study reports. Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) is often prescribed to prevent life-threatening blood clots in high-risk patients. However, a patient's genes can influence how warfarin is processed in the body. Too little warfarin will not prevent blood clots while too much can trigger internal ...

Health Tip: Adapting After Hip Replacement

Posted 24 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you're among the millions of people who have had hip replacement surgery, there are some do's and don'ts until you fully recover. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests: For at least six weeks, don't sit with your legs crossed. Keep the legs in a forward-facing position Don't raise your knee higher than your hip. Sit with the leg in front of you. While seated, don't lean ...

Obese Don't Have to Lose Weight Before Joint Replacement: Study

Posted 24 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 – Obese patients don't need to lose weight before undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery, a new study contends. "Severely obese patients can benefit a lot from the surgery," said study lead author Wenjun Li, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. "Patients who can lose weight should, but we acknowledge many people can't, or ...

Taking the Stairs May Soon Get Easier

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – Does a long staircase leave you weak? Take heart – researchers say they've developed stairs that "recycle" a person's energy, which could be of help to seniors and disabled people. The stairs use latched springs to store energy when someone goes down them. The energy is then released when a person climbs the stairs again. According to the researchers from Georgia ...

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