Americans have more than 600,000 knee replacements every year and that number is expected to increase to 1.28 million by 2030, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). But despite the high numbers, many individuals wait too long to undergo surgery, and can miss out on some of the potential benefits, a new report reveals. The report, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in January, 2020, shows that 83% of patients with osteoarthritis in their knees wait too long to have a replacement. As a result, these patients don’t get as much function back after surgery as patients who undergo a knee replacement in a timely fashion. Furthermore, patients who wait too long to have knee surgery also place themselves at risk of developing other health conditions like depression. This is due to the fact their mobility is severely hindered, making exercise and physical activity difficult. But having knee replacement surgery too early can also lead to issues. By having knee replacement surgery too soon, patients put themselves at risk for complications and may need a revision surgery later in life. Revisions are typically more difficult and can result in poorer outcomes. The study highlights just how important it is to consult a medical professional when you are experiencing problems with your knees and undergo surgery in a timely fashion. For more information on how France Surgery can facilitate knee replacement surgery for you right here in France, contact us today.
If you or someone you know suffers with knee osteoarthritis, a new study may provide some hope. One of the most widespread forms of arthritis in the United States, osteoarthritis affects around 10% of men and 13% of women over the age of 60. Moreover, some estimates say it affects almost 40% of people over the age of 70. What’s worse is there is currently no cure, with doctors and medical professionals usually prescribing painkillers to help alleviate symptoms. Knee replacement surgery is also an option that’s considered. However, a new study led by Robert Sorge, Ph.D., who is the director of the PAIN Collective in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Psychology, has found that a diet low in carbohydrates could help relieve knee osteoarthritis symptoms. Having followed either a low-carb or low-fat diet for 12 weeks, the 21 adults aged 65–75 who had knee osteoarthritis and participated in the study were examined to see what the effect had been. The participants’ functional pain levels were analyzed, as well as their serum blood levels for oxidative stress, both at the beginning of the study and at the end. Participants that followed the low-carb diet had reduced functional pain levels and levels of self-reported pain. Furthermore, they also showed less oxidative stress in their serum blood levels. Speaking about the findings of the study, Sorge said: “Our work shows [that] people can reduce their pain with a change in diet.”
COMPUTER ASSISTED KNEE REPLACEMENT French surgeons use more and more computer-assisted navigation technology to perform knee replacement. Knee navigation helps ensure better alignment and results for total knee replacement. One of the most critical aspects of knee replacement surgery is proper positioning of the joint replacement implants. Incorrectly aligned implants can lead to increased wear and loosening of the joint replacement. In Computer-Assisted Surgery (CAS), a computerised model of the joint is used to ensure correct joint alignment, based on the bone anatomy and the intra-operative ligament situation. By tracking surgical instruments and components in relation to patient anatomy, Total knee navigation software is proven to improve long-leg alignment and functionality. Proven clinical benefit Superior soft-tissue management Truly open platform enhances implant workflow and flexibility Proven clinical benefit Several independent studies over the years have shown that using computer navigation for knee replacement surgery reduces the number of outliers and improves overall alignment, leading to better performance and longer life of the implants. Fewer outliers, better varus/valgus alignment Less risk of fat embolisms Less blood loss Fewer complications for TKR Superior soft tissue management for TKR Today's active patients are demanding a natural-feeling knee, so attention to soft tissue is increasingly important in total knee arthroplasty. Applications have multiple ways to assess and quantify the soft tissue envelope, including gap balancing and balance information through the entire range of motion. Multiple workflows Balancing in extension and flexion Gap balancing Range of motion analysis
Knee replacement surgery is classed as a routine operation with tens of thousands being carried out each year in France. The reason for knee replacement surgery is that the knee joint becomes damaged and causes pain to the patient, or the damage affects the everyday life of the patient and hinders their ability to carry out routine tasks. What is knee replacement surgery? There are two types of knee replacements available. The first is a total knee replacement where both sides of the knee joint are replaced. The second is a partial knee replacement which involves one side of the knee joint being replaced. What is Computer Assisted Knee Replacement? Computer assisted knee replacement uses computers to create a model of the knee joint and also to track the surgical instruments during the operation in relation to the computerised model of the patients body. What difference does this make? Computer assisted knee replacement surgery is commonly used in France. French surgeons are experienced at carrying out operations in this way which achieve better results than non-computer assisted operations. The computerisation allows for better accuracy which means less wear on the replacement joint and improved leg alignment and functionality. Photo Credit: © Alila Medical Images - Fotolia.com
Last week, we introduced you to the blog of one of our former patients which details her experience undergoing total knee replacement surgery in France. Having been put in touch with us here at France Surgery via a medical tourism website, she decided to get the ball rolling and see how to progress with her surgery. It seems, from one of her earliest blog posts, that we certainly met her expectations in terms of response time: “Almost within a day I received back a detailed response as to what would be required for one of their surgeons to replace my knee.” She then outlines how we facilitated the communication of her medical records to our surgical specialists here in France. These included MRI scans and X-Rays but the beauty of the internet is that distance is no object. Obviously, the decision to undergo a serious medical procedure in a foreign country isn’t something that anyone would take lightly. But again, the beauty of the internet is that an international affair becomes something that feels much closer to home: “On the internet one can almost research anything. So the doctors were researched, the Clinique, its reputation, personal accounts by patients all were read by myself and my daughter.” Their research undoubtedly put their minds at rest: “After all this we felt comfortable proceeding.” But for even greater peace of mind we provided her with as much information as possible about the procedure she would be undergoing, the medical professionals involved, including anaesthetists and everything else that would ultimately be useful. However, quite naturally they were still erring on the side of caution and posed the inevitable question to us: “What if it goes wrong…” With surgery, there’s always an element of risk but to find out how we here at France Surgery deal with such questions you’ll have to wait another week for the third and final instalment of French Knees. To be continued…
It’s amazing how modern technology is assisting and ultimately improving surgical procedures today. It wasn’t that long ago that surgery relied solely on the skills of the surgeon and their team. Today, however, computers are now playing ever more important roles in ensuring that surgery is trouble-free and highly accurate. Knee replacement surgery is just one procedure that is benefitting greatly from the introduction of computer assistance. With the aid of computer technology, surgeons can now carry out knee replacements with unprecedented levels of accuracy and precision. This totally eliminates what may have previously been described as ‘guess work’ by the surgeon and affords a number of benefits for the patient. Studies have shown that knee replacements that are carried out well – perfectly balanced and accurately aligned – last longer. Furthermore, they are said to feel better. Computer assisted knee replacements are very successful because the surgeon can precisely align the patient’s bone and the implant, with a degree of accuracy far greater than the human eye can afford. The end result is a more natural functioning knee replacement which allows for a better range of motion. Additionally, the surgery is performed with fewer, if not zero, errors and the patient’s recovery time is inevitably shortened. If you are considering knee replacement surgery then why not find out if a computer assisted procedure could be right for you. Photo credit: © vschlichting - Fotolia.com