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Knee Replacement Surgery: Does It Lead to Weight Gain?

A new study suggests having total knee joint replacement surgery might have an unwelcomed side effect: weight gain.

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, conducted a five-year study, reviewing medical records of nearly 1,000 knee replacement surgery patients from the Mayo Clinic Health System. They found that 30 percent of those patients gained […]

Scientific Evidence Lacking for Long-term Safety, Effectiveness of Knee Replacement Implants

There are hundreds of thousands of knee replacements performed each year in the U.S. alone, yet little is known about the long-term safety and effectiveness of the implants used for total knee replacements worldwide, according to a seminar published March 5, 2012 in The Lancet.

There are many types of knee replacement implants available […]

New research: Those Who are Dependent on Narcotics before Knee Replacement Experience Worse Results

People who grow to depend on opioids, or narcotic pain relievers, for pain management and relief prior to having knee replacement surgery have more difficulty recovering from the surgery, according to a study published Nov. 2, 2011 in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Not only did opioid-dependent knee replacement patients tend to have […]

Blood Clot Risk Remains Among Knee Replacement Patients

Orthopedic surgeons use blood thinners to reduce the risk of blood clots from knee replacement surgery. Yet, clot formation remains relatively high among some patients, according to a study in the July 2011 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. […]