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Posts From 2016

Potential New Way to Prevent Bacterial Infections in Total Joint Replacement Surgery

What new coating may protect joint replacement patients from serious bacterial infections? Research with mice at Johns Hopkins University shows that a coating of antibiotic-releasing nanofibers has the potential to prevent at least some serious bacterial infections related to total joint replacement surgery. The research is preliminary, labeled a “proof of concept” study, meaning that […]

Helping your loved one after a joint replacement

Helping your loved one after a joint replacement Minimally invasive capabilities have really changed the game when it comes to hip and knee joint replacement surgeries: Healing time is faster, pain is noticeably reduced, incision points are smaller, and patient satisfaction remains high. While this is great news for the patient dealing with the replacement, […]

What’s so great about minimally invasive surgery?

As media coverage of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) and its impact on the medical landscape increases, more and more New Yorkers are hearing about friends, family, and strangers who have had positive experiences with the technique. The practice is certainly making an impact in joint surgeries, including with the hip and knee procedures in my […]

Robotics and Sensors to Improve the Results of Knee Replacement Surgery

The International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA) held its 29th annual meeting in Boston this weekend. There was a general sense of optimism regarding the forecast of soon-to-be released fully robotically controlled total knee arthroplasties (joint replacements). In contrast to the high success rate of hip replacement surgery, replacement of the knee joint with […]

Hip Fractures: Risks and Causes

What are the most common causes of hip fractures? At present, every year approximately 300,000 people in the U.S. fracture their hips. The majority of those who suffer these injuries (85 percent) are 65 years of age or older. Statistical projections based on our aging population predict that hip fractures will reach half a million […]

Reasons for Joint Replacement

Why do some people require joint replacements? Surgical joint replacement is always the last line of treatment, used only when other types of treatment, such as medications and physical therapy, are not sufficient to relieve pain and immobility. Fortunately for those who suffer, however, technological advances have made joint replacement a safe and effective option. […]

Surge of Knee and Hip Replacements in the U.S.

What are the reasons and effects of the skyrocketing number of joint replacements? According to research presented by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), there were, as of 2014, 2.5 million Americans living with an artificial hip and 4.7 million with an artificial knee. While obviously the aging of the population contributes to these […]

Knee Replacements and Obesity

Can you be overweight and still get a knee replacement? While some doctors do have weight cutoffs for performing replacement knee surgery, and extra pounds add to the risk of complications, doctors are increasingly performing knee replacements on patients with extra pounds. The primary reason patients need knee replacement surgery is arthritic joint damage resulting […]