As little as 10 years ago, joint replacement surgery was rather rigorous, with a long, 10-inch incision, a hospital stay and time at a rehab facility. Now, however, newer, more advanced techniques are changing the patient’s experience.
Patients have rising expectations and are demanding more from total knee replacements and joint replacements than in previous years. This has generated improvements in the field, including design, delivery and execution.
If hip pain is inhibiting your lifestyle, talk to your doctor. Many nonsurgical and surgical options are available to help manage your pain and get you back in the game.
For people in need of hip replacement, sex can be extremely painful. The good news is that once the joint is replaced, you can resume having sex within six to eight weeks – and it’s often better than it’s been for years.
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Patients often ask me questions about “prehab,”or exercise programs they can do before an elective surgery. These questions show how exercise has taken on such major importance in people’s lives. Often these patients are scheduled to have an elective orthopedic surgery, which can include surgery of the knee or hip. It is ironic, but for … Read More
Contributor: Michael Bloomfield, MD Hip and knee replacements eliminate pain and improve movement for hundreds of thousands of people every year in the United States. Younger and more active patients are seeking joint replacements. This is why surgeons and implant developers continue to improve the prosthetics and techniques involved in the surgery. In recent years, manufacturers … Read More
As people live longer and are more active, they expect more in their golden years. They want to move well and without pain. “Patients today aren’t as willing to live with the limitations that past generations accepted,” says Michael Bloomfield, MD, a Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeon at Hillcrest Hospital and Cleveland Clinic main campus. With … Read More
Pain may push you to seek knee or hip replacement surgery, but a recent study shows that this surgery can do much more than ease painful joints. It very likely will boost your heart health and help you live longer. Adults may accept achy muscles and joints as an inevitable part of aging, but when … Read More
Replacing worn body parts has become pretty common today. Of course, none of us are The Six Million Dollar Man of 1970s TV fame, and if you’re facing major joint surgery like hip or knee replacement or reconstruction, you may be concerned about what happens after the surgery. In thinking about what to expect from … Read More
Traditionally, surgeons performing joint replacement surgery determine the placement of a new hip, shoulder or knee joint based on two-dimensional imaging, such as X-rays and CT scans. But Wael Barsoum, MD, Vice Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, and Joseph Iannotti, MD, PhD, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute, are working on … Read More