People with orthopedic implants do not need regular use of antibiotics for dental work according to a recommendation from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Dental Association. The collaboration found no direct evidence that routine dental procedures cause prosthetic joint infections.
One million new knees and hips are transplanted each year. Up to 2% of those patients will get an infection in the new joint. The number of patients undergoing the transplants, and acquiring infections, is expected to rise, perhaps dramatically, in the next two decades.
Individuals who underwent a total hip replacement had at least four times the risk of suffering an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke in the weeks immediately following, a Dutch study has revealed. Researchers say more cautious monitoring after such a procedure is warranted.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new oral anticoagulant that helps prevent deep vein thrombosis in people recovering from knee or hip replacements.
Medicare beneficiaries undergoing hip replacement surgeries can expect to remain in the hospital for less time but are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital or discharged to a rehabilitation facility than they were 20 years ago, new research finds.
Peter C. Clendenin, executive vice president of the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care, disclosed on Friday he will retire. A replacement has not yet been named.