According to a study in the orthopaedic journal, JBJS, 5.3% of patients who underwent orthopedic surgery were still taking narcotics one year after surgery. These are patients who were not chronic opiate users before surgery. The highest rates were found after revision spine surgery.
Patients ask me daily what they can do to prevent, slow down, or reverse the damages caused by Osteoarthritis. As we learn more and more about what contributes to the breakdown of cartilage in joints, we also develop new ways to halt and prevent damage. Unfortunately, some types of arthritis are genetic, but that doesn’t stop further research on how to stop […]
This research summary discusses an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery which demonstrated that patients who use electrotherapy and acupuncture required less narcotic pain medicine (opioids). There is an epidemic in the United States of opiate abuse and any and all modalities that reduce pain after surgery are worth exploring. I […]
[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″] [et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] There are many things to worry about when undergoing a knee replacement, but instability of the kneecap is rarely one of them. This blog post discussing how to prevent instability of the patella after a knee replacement discusses a specific technique of wound closure to prevent the […]
This article had helpful information for anyone considering knee replacement surgery. Knee replacement surgery relieves pain and improves function in patients with severe osteoarthritis much more effectively than nonsurgical therapy alone, researchers reported on Wednesday. Source: www.nytimes.com/2015/10/22/health/study-points-to-benefits-of-knee-replacement-surgery-over-therapy-alone.html