Imagine going to sleep with chronic joint pain, waking up without pain and walking out of the hospital the same day. For Daniel Currie, 57, of Franklin Park, this was no dream. After suffering with osteoarthritis for more than a decade, Mr. Currie had a three-hour hip replacement surgery and was discharged from West Penn Hospital hours later. He is one of a growing number of people having same-day joint replacements. Both knee and hip replacements typically require an average hospital stay of two to three days. Allegheny Health Network 1½ years ago began offering same-day total hip replacements. In May, the first same-day total knee replacement was performed at Allegheny General Hospital. “There is a huge economic push to make this procedure less expensive and quicker.” Still, not all hospital systems are making this jump.
Researchers from South Korea have shown, in preliminary clinical trials of 53 patients, that after a year their magnesium-calcium-zinc orthopedic implant spurns new bone growth by mimicking the body’s calcification matrix while the implant safely […]
Spinal fusion surgeries in the United States have increased by 70 percent between 2001 and 2011. While those numbers are due in large part to the aging of the American population, they’re also due to […]
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