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Meniscus 101

If you’ve torn your meniscus, you know that it hurts–a lot! But beyond the aches and pains is something more complex. Knees in general are complicated mechanical structures, and if you are about to undergo a meniscus repair, it’s important to me that you fully understand the work that will be done and how it […]

So you’ve fractured your hip…

A hip fracture is a painful and serious problem. Recent studies have confirmed that hip fractures are linked to an increased risk of earlier death. The research indicates that those over 60 years old who suffer a hip fracture have triple the risk of dying within a year after it occurs. This increased risk can […]

Common exercises after a joint replacement

Common exercises after a joint replacement If you’re gearing up for a total hip or knee replacement, chances are you have a lot of things on your mind. Perhaps you’ve talked with people who have had one of these procedures in the past. If so, they likely told you about the rehabilitation and recovery that […]

A brief history of hip replacements

For centuries (and more than likely since the dawn of humanity), men and women have dealt with the aches that accompany arthritis and aging, including hip pain and joint failure. While support devices like canes, walkers, and wheelchairs have always been helpful in relieving the strain, they work to tackle the symptoms instead of the […]

Ready for a knee replacement? You have some choices to make

When you think about getting a knee replacement, it might seem pretty cut and dry. You enter a leading academic medical center facility and come out with a new joint, right? While you’re correct about the end result, the path is a little more complex and varies from patient to patient. Getting a new knee […]

Labral tear? An arthroscopy might be the treatment you need

Being told that you have a hip labral tear can be life-changing. Depending on your situation, some doctors might tell you that you’ll never be able to do the activities you love again: No more running, no more dancing, no more hiking, no more gardening. The rules are strict and serious. For someone who leads […]

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, […]