A study presented in March by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that people are seeking joint replacements earlier in life
Ritesh Shah, MD, chief of orthopedic surgery at Chicago-based Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, said adopting new technology and having a multimodal pain pathway were among seven factors needed for the best outcomes in outpatient total joint replacements.
JoAnn Murphy is one patient who benefitted from knee replacement surgery. Her right knee was replaced in November 2016. Six weeks later, she was walking two to three miles per day on a sandy Lake Michigan beach.
When faced with an upcoming surgery, you might be presented with an unexpected option: Do you want to have your surgery in the hospital or in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC), a fully licensed facility that performs surgeries on an outpatient basis?
An estimated 1 million Americans will undergo knee or hip replacement surgeries this year, and most will be given narcotics to deal with the pain. It’s just that sort of surgery-opiate cycle that is helping to fuel the opioid epidemic in this country. But one Chicago doctor has found a way to perform surgery with little or no narcotics.
America’s struggle with the growing opioid epidemic has swept national headlines, with some reports estimating that 91 people die every day in the United States from the overuse of opioids.
I have lived with arthritis in various parts of my body for many years and in 2012 I began to experience a mild discomfort in my right knee which rapidly progressed to immense pain so harsh that it would cause me to wake up in the middle of the night. Soon, I could no longer perform everyday tasks such as walking more than a few steps at a time, driving and bending down to plant and work in my garden.