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  • Meta-analysis finds initial walking speed positively impacted by knee arthroplasty

    Knee arthroplasty helped increase patients’ walking speed at 6 months to 60 months postoperatively, according to a study conducted by researchers in The Netherlands.
    For the analysis, the authors looked through 16 independent comparisons of pre-operative and postoperative walking speed for patients who underwent knee arthroplasty. In all, they identified 12 studies in their survey of MEDLINE, Web of Science, and PEDro, for a total of 419 patients.

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  • Primary TKA found effective in patients with BMI greater than 50

    Researchers from London, Ontario, found total knee arthroplasty efficacious in patients with body mass indices equal to or greater than 50, but remained cautious about the safety of the procedure in the group due to higher risks of complications and revisions.

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  • What is knee replacement surgery? What is knee arthroplasty?

    Replacement surgery in a damaged knee joint by placing an artificial prosthesis will alleviate pain and help better movement of the knee.

    For most patients, a replacement knee surgical procedure will last for at least 15 to 20 years, especially if cared for properly and not put under too much strain. More than 90% of people who have total knee replacement surgery experience a dramatic decrease in knee pain and a significant improvement in their ability to perform common activities of daily living.

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  • Direct anterior approach to THA yields good results, depends upon surgeon experience

    The use of the direct anterior approach in total hip arthroplasty can yield good results backed by numerous studies but depends upon proper education, according to one surgeon’s experience.

    J. Bohannon Mason, MD, shared his findings at the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction San Diego 2012 meeting, which was held in collaboration with Orthopedics Today.

    “The best approach? They all have advantages and disadvantages,” he said. “When you look at [DA], it does require special instrumentation and I would say it does require special training – however, you have quick recovery, stability and proper cup positioning.”

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  • Tart cherries may help millions reduce inflammation to manage pain, according to new research

    Tart cherries may help reduce chronic inflammation, especially for the millions of Americans suffering from debilitating joint pain and arthritis, according to new research from Oregon Health & Science University presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference (ACSM) in San Francisco, Calif.1 In fact, the researchers suggest tart cherries have the "highest anti-inflammatory content of any food" and can help people with osteoarthritis manage their disease.

    Along with providing the fruit's bright red color, the antioxidant compounds in tart cherries - called anthocyanins - have been specifically linked to high antioxidant capacity and reduced inflammation, at levels comparable to some well-known pain medications.

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  • Long-term study reveals lower steady state wear with highly crosslinked polyethylene liners

    After an initial period of rapid penetration in the first year, investigators of a level 1 study using radiostereometric analysis found a significantly lower steady state wear rate during 10-year follow-up among total hip arthroplasties performed with highly crosslinked polyethylene liners compared to conventional polyethylene.

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  • Follow-up, revision parameters for metal-on-metal hip implants outlined

    In a recent presentation, one surgeon outlined his indications for follow-up and revision of metal-on-metal total hip replacements.

    Thomas P. Schmalzried, MD, presented his experience at the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction San Diego 2012 meeting, which was held in collaboration with Orthopedics Today.

    According to Schmalzried, revision should be considered in patients who display poor clinical results, such as pain or mechanical symptoms. Pseudotumor or other soft tissue involvement, such as edema and necrosis, are also a sign that revision should be performed within 3 months. Osteolysis and high metal ion levels should also bring revision into consideration.

    Schmalzried stressed he still observes asymptomatic patients with “clean” MRIs, regardless of their metal ion levels.

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  • Autograft hip reconstruction provides good outcomes for athletes

    A common, painful hip condition in elite athletes may be able to be repaired with an improved surgical technique, according to researchers presenting their work at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. 
    "In our review of 21 male, elite athletes who had hip pain and instability issues (hypoplastic or labrum tear), 81 percent returned to play at a similar level as before they were hurt, after receiving an arthroscopic reconstruction technique using an ipsilateral iliotibial band autograft," said research author, Marc J. Philippon, MD, of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado.

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  • Coming soon to La Grange

    Starting in June our Westchester office will be relocated to
    47 South 6th Avenue
    La Grange, Il 60525

    Please check our Website, Facebook and twitter for information regarding our "Open House"

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  • On May 17th, come out and join us at 2pm to hear

    Dr. Tom Smith, Hip and Knee Specialist who is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon with Vanguard Medical Group, speak about the anatomy of the hip, joint pain, joint replacement, and some simple steps you can take.

    Dr. Smith will also be sharing how he has been successfully performing Direct Anterior Approach Hip Replacement Surgery, a technique that few physicians are currently using due to the extensive training and specialized equipment. This surgery results in less pain, greater mobility and a quicker recovery time.

    JOIN US!

    When: Thursday, May 17th at 2pm
    Located at: 51 E. Cossitt Avenue, La Grange, Illinois
    Call (708)354-7600 to reserve your seat today!

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