joint replacement Articles

Getting back to work after knee replacement

12/10/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

One of the top concerns people have about knee replacement is getting back to work after surgery. That’s understandable considering the demand for knee replacements, which has almost tripled in the past decade among people 45 to 64, according to some estimates. “How soon you return depends a lot on your overall health and how active your job is,” says Philip Ireland, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.  If you’re in…

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How long will your knee replacement last?

12/04/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Any time you can avoid an elective surgery, it’s worth consideration. But when it comes to knee replacement, you can wait too long. An arthritic knee can so severely impact your mobility that it leads to obesity and other health complications that outweigh the risks surgery.  In the past, many physicians discouraged knee replacement in people under 60 due to concern about the lifespan of the implants. That’s less of an issue than it once was. “We’re seeing some patients…

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Three ways to maintain healthy joints

09/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

It’s easy to succumb to the idea that nothing can be done about osteoarthritis. Learning to live with it may seem like the only alternative, but that’s just not so, according to Barbara Carusillo, PT, OCS, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. “Most of the time, osteoarthritis doesn’t just fall from the sky and land in the joint,” she says. “Much of it is due to some kind of injury or biomechanical issue where people lack proper alignment or…

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Hip replacement: your questions answered

09/02/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Over 120,000 Americans have total hip replacement each year. Leading up to their replacements, patients have trouble sleeping and getting out of a car comfortably due to a very specific kind of pain that suggests degeneration of the hip. In today’s post, Michal Zlowodzki, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip replacement at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, answers questions about joint replacement.  What’s the biggest misconception people have…

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How lupus patients differ in joint replacement

08/16/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

There's good news for lupus patients who suffer from painful inflammatory arthritis. You’re probably no more likely than anyone else to have osteoarthritis—the kind of bony overgrowth that destroys joints and leads to joint replacement. It’s true that there are complications and consequences from lupus that can lead to joint replacement, but that’s not the norm, according to David Batt, MD, a rheumatologist at Indiana University Health Physicians. “In my practice,…

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Double knee replacement: your questions answered

08/06/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior Services

Whenever anyone reaches the point that both knees need joint replacement, an obvious question surfaces: why not have them both done at once? Bilateral knee replacement is tempting to many patients who dread recovering from two surgeries. Nevertheless, physicians are still appraising the risks and benefits of double knee replacement, and it’s not an option for everyone. In today’s post, Jonathan Surdam, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Southern Indiana Physicians…

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Hip replacement options for people with metal allergies

07/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you’re considering hip replacement and you have a metal allergy, you may have noticed reports in the news about how some joint replacement materials may interact with those allergies. Fortunately, there are implant options for people affected by metal allergies, according to J.A. Parr, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.  “It’s really a pretty rare phenomenon for people to have a significant amount of pain or problems…

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The latest knee replacements are customized for your body

06/19/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

What if your arthritic knee, with all its swelling, stiffness and bone spurs, could become a template for making your joint replacement work perfectly? You might not imagine your damaged joint as a model, but that’s exactly what it is for many of today’s joint replacement patients.  Enabled by technology, surgeons can use an arthritic knee to achieve perfect alignment based on individual body structure. That means patients can be confident that their new joints will function well,…

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Teamwork generates better outcomes for joint replacement patients at IU Health Saxony Hospital

06/10/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Every Friday morning at 7 a.m., a team of 20 people meets at Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital to discuss each patient who is scheduled for joint replacement surgery the next week. Anyone in contact with the patients is asked to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to get everyone on the same page with patients’ needs and preferences, minimize risks, improve the quality of care and help patients go home sooner.  It’s a healthcare model that helps set the hospital apart nationally.…

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Don’t Let Joint Pain Stop You

04/17/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports MedicineEvents

What is joint pain? There are many types of joints in the human body – fixed, hinge, ball, socket and pivot.  Joint pain is a discomfort that arises from any joint, the point where two bones meet.   Within each joint is surrounded by a fluid filled pocket known as bursae; the bones have a protective lining made of cartilage that help the bones move over each other easily.  If any part of the joint is compromised through trauma, injury or inflammation, you will experience…

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