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Category: Joint Replacement

Navigational and Conventional UKA
Joint Replacement

Navigational and Conventional UKA: The differences

Arthritis is one of the top diseases that plagues the aging population; with osteoarthritis being the main assailant. Although sometimes mild, this disease can quickly turn into a painful menace that inhibits daily activities.

One type of osteoarthritis that often leads to meniscal disruption, ligament instability, or limb deformity is unicompartmental arthritis. This subset of arthritis affects only one compartment of the joint, and it usually attacks the articular cartilage in the medial or lateral part of the tibiofemoral joint.

When unicompartmental arthritis hits the advanced stages and surgery becomes necessary, patients have to choose between unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) and total knee arthroplasty. UKA has recently become the preferred method due to its 10-year survival rate of 95%.

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computer vs no computer minimally invasive knee surgery
Joint Replacement

Computer or No Computer for Minimally Invasive Surgery

For a long time orthopedic surgeons have turned to the medial parapatellar approach for total knee arthroplasty. In other words, the most commonly used total knee replacement is often an invasive procedure that is coupled with long hospital stays and lengthy rehabilitation. However, this methodology is changing. In today’s world where people want better results faster, surgeons are now facing pressure to perform surgery using minimally invasive techniques.

The idea behind minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for total knee arthroplasty is that there will be less recovery time, shorter hospital stays, and smaller scars. However, there is some concern about the minimal visibility that comes with this type of surgery. The more conventional parapatellar surgery involves large incisions that give the surgeon maximum visibility. In comparison …

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Exercise and Health

Tips for Running After Hip Replacement

Runners rely on mobility when hitting the track or trail on any given day. Running is a high-impact activity that relies not only on your legs to move, but also your hips; and according to the American College of Sports Medicine, about 500,000 hip replacement surgeries occur yearly in the United States.

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