Patients who go straight home from the hospital following hip or knee replacement surgery recover as well as, or better than, those who first go to a rehabilitation center, new research indicates.
As the nation’s collective waistline continues to expand, so does the average body mass index of patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty. But, as the authors of a new study suggest, the multiple comorbidities associated with obesity can negatively affect the results of — or even preclude — knee-replacement surgery.
Surgeons, after performing hip replacement surgery, typically give their patients a list of precautions—movements to avoid—during their recovery. Typical of these precautions is the advice to avoid bending the hip past 90 degrees, not turning the knee or foot inward or crossing the leg past the middle of the body.
For patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement, smoking is associated with an increased risk of infectious (septic) complications requiring repeat surgery, reports a study in the February 15 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
When patients visit Dr. Judy Baumhauer in hopes of getting rid of bunions—a painful, bony bump that develops at the base of the big toe—they often have just one question: Will surgery help?
A study in Arthroplasty Today examined whether early discharges after total joint replacement surgery were increasing hospital readmissions. Here’s what you should know.