Total knee and hip replacement are wonderful restorative procedures - except when they aren’t. While it is well known that pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke and death occur at surgery in a small percentage of patients, it is less well known that infection of a total joint replacement can equally be, or more, devastating. Infections occur in about 2% of patients. At a recent symposium of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, new research showed that THE FIVE YEAR MORTALITY RATE OF PATIENTS WITH AN INFECTED TOTAL JOINT REPLACEMENT IS HIGHER THAN FOUR OF THE FIVE MOST COMMON CANCERS. Repeat surgery and intensive antibiotic therapy is required in nearly all cases, but resistant antibiotics prevent eradication of the infection in some. And the physical and emotional stress of the treatment over a period of years takes a heavy toll on the patient.
For my 31 years of Orthopaedic Surgery practice and ten years of training before that, EVERYONE followed the axiom that an empty stomach before surgery was absolutely essential to avoid potentially fatal aspiration. But now it appears that may be completely wrong.
A prosthetic hand, which provides a sense of touch acute enough to handle an egg, has been completed and is now exploited by the NEBIAS project after 10 years of research. The world’s most advanced bionic hand was tested with the help of amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen who was able to grasp objects intuitively and
Arm pain is common among supposedly healthy young baseball players and nearly half have been encouraged to keep playing despite arm pain, the most in-depth survey of its kind has found. The findings suggest that more detailed and individualized screening is needed to prevent overuse injury in young ballplayers. The most in-depth survey of its