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  A knee replacement infection may develop after a person has had an operation to replace their knee joint. What are the symptoms of a knee replacement infection and who is at most risk of getting one? Knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, is one of the most common types of elective surgery. It is estimated that by 2030 as many as 3.48 million knee replacements will take place in the United States.

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Worn out cartilage in the knees is a major cause of disability and once it’s worn out there’s nothing ideally suited to replace it. Osteoarthritis develops,and eventually much of the entire knee is often replaced, with variable success. Researchers at Duke University have been working on creating a material that can serve as a cartilage replacement and they have already developed something at least as strong and pliable as the cartilage making up the knee’s

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28 February

What is Cartilage?

Cartilage is a tough but flexible tissue that is the main type of connective tissue in the body. Around 65–80% of cartilage is water, although that decreases in older people, and the rest is a gel-like substance called the ‘matrix’ that gives it its form and function. The matrix is highly organised and consists of several types of specialist proteins, called: Collagens; Proteoglycans; and Non-collagenous proteins The proteoglycan and noncollagenous proteins bind, or stick to

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The first step when making the decision about knee replacement is to meet with your surgeon to see if you are a candidate for total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Your surgeon will take your medical history, perform a physical examination, and X-ray your knee. Even if the pain is significant, and the X-rays show advanced arthritis of the joint, the first line of treatment is nearly always non-operative. This includes weight loss if appropriate, an exercise regimen, medication, injections,

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16 November

Myths & Truths

Discover the truth about joint replacement and ease your mind. Below to see how we are dispelling myths about knee and hip replacement surgery. QUALITY Myth: Not all hospitals offer the quad-sparing procedure because it might be a risky alternative. Truth: Virtua surgeons have performed more than 5,000 quad-sparing knee replacements. Other providers may not offer it because of the investment in training and facilities to support the quad-sparing technique. It is important to know

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  Medical Uses Knee replacement surgery is most commonly performed in people with advanced osteoarthritis and should be considered when conservative treatments have been exhausted. Total knee replacement is also an option to correct significant knee joint or bone trauma in young patients. Similarly, total knee replacement can be performed to correct mild valgus or varus deformity. Serious valgus or varus deformity should be corrected by osteotomy. Physical therapy has been shown to improve function and

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The full impact of knee replacement surgery on both patients’ lives and on society includes significant overall cost savings, according to a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS). US researchers found that for the average patient undergoing knee replacement surgery, the expense of surgery is offset by indirect savings of nearly $40,000. This translates to an average lifetime societal benefit of $10,000-$30,000. Most of the societal savings come from

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