Knee Replacement Surgery For Seniors Soars

The rate of older adults getting knee-replacement surgery has more than doubled in the past 20 years, a new study finds, but the surgery’s popularity has also led to increased rates of postsurgery infections and complications. The study, published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at more than 3 million Medicare patients 65 or older who got artificial knees from 1991 through 2010. The annual rate of initial knee-replacement surgeries jumped from 31 per 10,000 Medicare …

Getting a New Hip or Knee? Your Heart Attack Risk Could Rise

When Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, 61, went in for knee surgery last month, he thought it was no biggie. After all, half a million older Americans this year will do the exact same thing – get a worn-out, aching knee joint replaced. What Lopez didn’t expect was to have his heart stop in the recovery room. A quick-thinking nurse immediately started chest compressions, and Lopez is alive to write about the experience, but a new study suggests his …

No Joys of Sex With My New Knee

Q: I had total knee replacement surgery five weeks ago. As of now, I won’t be able to kneel above my husband, as I use to, when we have sex. Is there a book or pamphlet out there that can show us different positions to try during sex? – PR Dr. Schwartz: Yes, there are several. The Joy of Sex shows all kinds of positions – the first edition has drawings while the second edition shows photos. Or Anne Hooper …

Knee Replacements Booming, But Lack Oversight, Study Says

More Americans than ever are getting their knees replaced. The number of knee replacement surgeries has doubled in the last decade, with a rising number of surgeries being performed on people in their 50s and 60s, according to the first national estimate of the procedure by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Additionally, a study of Medicare records found that older knee replacement patients become healthier and more active, the New York Times reports. Three years after being diagnosed with osteoarthritis …

Hip and Knee Implants: Old Ones May Be Better Than New Ones

When it comes to artificial hip and knee joints, new doesn’t necessarily trump old. A five-year Australian study has found that the newer hip and knee replacement joints, including the metal-on-metal hip implants, are performing no better than the older, less expensive devices that used plastic. In fact, 30 percent of the new joints are performing worse than the older versions, researchers found. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, looked at Australian patient data on …