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Joint Replacement: Risks vs. Benefits

Joint Replacement: Risks vs. Benefits

(ĐTĐ) – After a skiing injury 30 years ago, Bert Pepper, MD, got osteoarthritis in his left knee. "I stopped skiing and gave up tennis, running, and other sports that are tough on the knee," he says. "I turned to speed-walking to stay fit, but the knee kept me from walking at a good pace."   As his pain got worse and walking became harder, he looked into having a knee replacement. It's not a decision to make lightly, says…

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Should You Have Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery?

Should You Have Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery?

(ĐTĐ) – Once considered high-tech, joint replacements are now a common operation. Surgeons replace more than a million hips and knees each year in the U.S. Studies show joint replacements can significantly relieve pain and increase mobility in about 90% of people who get them.   “Joint replacement can be a life-changing procedure for the right patients,” says Tariq Nayfeh, MD, PhD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, “but it won’t help…

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Knee, Hip Replacements Carry Blood Clot Risk

Knee, Hip Replacements Carry Blood Clot Risk

(ĐTĐ) – Doctors have long known that dangerous blood clots can occur after joint replacement surgery of the knees or hips. Now, a new analysis puts numbers on the risk.   About 1 in 100 patients who undergo knee replacement surgery and 1 in 200 patients who have hip replacement surgery will develop a blood clot called venous thromboembolism before leaving the hospital.  “Actual rates in hospitals might indeed be higher,” says researcher Jean-Marie Januel, PhD, MPH, RN, senior researcher…

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