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Health Tip: Understanding Hip Replacement Surgery

Posted 28 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

-- During hip replacement surgery, a surgeon will remove damaged or diseased parts of the joint and replace them with man-made parts. The replaced hip should last about 15 to 20 years, the US. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases says. If you're considering the procedure, the agency offers these factors to consider: The goals of the surgery are to relieve pain, ...

Health Tip: Getting a Second Opinion Before Surgery

Posted 9 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Before having major surgery, it may be helpful to get a second opinion on whether the procedure is medically necessary. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services suggests getting a second opinion if your doctor says you need non-emergency surgery. The agency suggests: Ask the first doctor to send your medical records to the doctor giving the second opinion – to avoid having to ...

Sprained Ankle? Opioid Rx More Likely in Some States Than Others

Posted 26 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 – If you wind up in the emergency room with a minor injury, the likelihood you will be prescribed unnecessary opioids may depend on where the hospital is located, new research suggests. For example, such prescriptions were much less likely to be offered in hospitals in Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and North Dakota, while they were much more likely to be ...

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 ...

Fatigue Fuels Knee Injuries in Young Athletes

Posted 5 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 – When a teen athlete is tired, their risk of suffering a common knee injury rises, a new study suggests. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) connects the thighbone to the shinbone, at the knee. When the ACL is overstretched or torn, it can cause swelling, instability and pain. It can also lead to high treatment costs because it may require surgery or physical therapy. ...

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 ...

Many High School Pitchers Suffer Pain as Pitch Counts Mount

Posted 4 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – The new baseball season could bring pain to lots of America's younger players. New research shows that more than half of all high school pitchers are likely to suffer discomfort in their throwing arm during the season. "We found that the number of injuries peaked early – only about four weeks in – and then slowly declined until the end of the season," said James Onate. ...

Expert Pointers for Avoiding Basketball Injuries

Posted 27 May 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 27, 2018 – Basketball provides a great full-body workout. But there are steps you should take to reduce your risk of knee, ankle and foot injuries, an orthopedic specialist says. In 2016, more than 60,500 people were treated for basketball-related foot injuries in U.S. emergency departments, doctors' offices and clinics. More than 355,000 sought help for basketball-related ankle ...

His and Her ACL Injuries Occur the Same Way

Posted 19 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 – Women are more likely than men to suffer a knee injury called an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. But – surprisingly – the injury occurs the same way in both genders, a new study reveals. Prior research suggested women are two to four times more likely to suffer ACL tears due to differences in how this type of injury occurs in the sexes, researchers at Duke ...

Pacira Announces FDA Approval of Exparel as a Nerve Block to Produce Regional Analgesia

Posted 11 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

PARSIPPANY, N.J., April 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCRX) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its supplemental new drug application (sNDA) to broaden the use of Exparel (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) to include administration via interscalene brachial plexus block to produce postsurgical regional ...

A Surgery-Free Fix for Bad Knees?

Posted 20 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – Tiny pellets could treat arthritic knee pain, delaying the need for knee replacement surgery, a small study has found. Microparticles inserted into small blood vessels around the knee helped reduce the pain and improve function in eight arthritis sufferers, according to clinical trial results. The results were presented Monday at the Society of Interventional ...

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 ...

After Knee Replacement, Play On

Posted 8 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – Knee replacement patients can continue to enjoy sports – such as skiing, tennis and dancing – without worrying that high-impact activities might compromise their new joint, a small, new study finds. The researchers tracked patients for between five and 15 years after knee replacement surgery, known as total knee arthroplasty. They found that sports participation had ...

Health Tip: Signs You Need Rotator Cuff Surgery

Posted 9 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The rotator cuff is a collection of tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder. It's common for athletes – for example, baseball pitchers – to injure this area. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions symptoms that indicate surgery is needed: Pain does not improve when treated with ice, heat or pain-relieving medication. Symptoms have lasted at least six months. You have ...

More Americans Got Surgeries Sooner Under Obamacare

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 – Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has led to more timely surgeries for patients, a new study suggests. "In this study of nearly 300,000 patients in 42 states, we found that expansion of Medicaid coverage was linked to increased insurance coverage for these patients," said study author Dr. Andrew Loehrer. "But even more importantly, Medicaid expansion led ...

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