• Reducing opioid use prior to joint replacement surgery linked to better outcomes

    The use of opioids (narcotic pain medication), often prescribed for chronic musculoskeletal pain, has skyrocketed in recent years with 98 percent of the world's opioid prescriptions filled in North America. Two research studies presented this week at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), link decreased opioid use prior to joint replacement surgery with improved patient satisfaction and outcomes, fewer complications, and a reduced need for post-surgical opioids.

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  • TXA safe and effective to reduce blood loss in joint replacement surgery, study finds.

    Blood loss and the need for a blood transfusion are major concerns in joint replacement surgery, but a new use for an old drug is proving effective in reducing blood loss and transfusion rates, according to a study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). The drug, tranexamic acid, or TXA, has been used for decades in heart surgery, to treat hemophilia and to stop excessive uterine bleeding.

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  • Study: Simultaneous bilateral TKA yielded higher complication rates vs unilateral TKA

    Compared with unilateral total knee arthroplasty, patients who underwent simultaneous bilateral total knee arthroplasty experienced an increased risk of overall complications, according to study results. Source: Healio Read More.

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  • After hip-replacement surgery, medication use decreases

    A new study, published November 15, in the journal Pain provides information on the trajectories of prescription drug use before and after hip-replacement surgery—total hip arthroplasty (THA), one of the most common types of joint replacement surgery. Hip-replacement surgery is commonly followed …

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  • Prehabilitation Could Help Knee and Hip Replacement Patients Recover

    With the number of total knee and hip replacements on the rise, doctors are looking for ways to reduce the amount of care needed after surgery. Prehabilitation (physical therapy before surgery) could help patients recover faster and save money. Rehabilitation …

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