A study recently published online by JAMA Surgery reports that the use of aspirin may be just as effective as the use of newer, more expensive anticoagulants such as enoxaparin (Lovenox) and rivaroxaban (Xarelto) in preventing venous thromboembolism (VTE) after primary total knee arthroplasty – which could help reduce costs for the nearly 1 million Americans who have knee replacement surgery each year.
Patients with morbid obesity who lose 20 pounds before total joint arthroplasty (TKA) have a shorter length of stay in the hospital, as well as other improvements in outcome, compared with patients who did not lose weight or who lost less than 20 pounds, according to a study in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
Ever hear your joints clicking, creaking or crunching? Now, researchers say a new technique that listens closely to knees may help doctors diagnose and monitor osteoarthritis.
The partial knee replacement surgical procedure has generated significant interest because it uses a smaller incision and has a faster recovery than full knee replacement surgery. Partial knee replacement is a type of and minimally invasive surgery. The idea is to remove only the most damaged areas of cartilage from the joint and leave any healthy parts of the joint for continued use.