Every year our surgeons travel to the AAOS national meeting. This year the meeting will be hosted in the city of New Orleans. The annual meeting is the largest Orthopedic meeting in the world, with surgeons from all over the world meeting to share, teach and learn the best practices for caring for our patients. Our surgeons go every year to learn about the newest technology and the bring back the best new implants and techniques in the world. Follow their live posts during the week on facebook, instagram or twitter. You will have a front row seat to the exhibition hall and all of the latest technologies we look to make sure Atlantan's are getting the cutting edge technology.
Barbara Huff was living in constant pain in her right hip. Another patient, Rosetta Ash was in excruciating pain in her right knee, even after taking medication and receiving months of conservative treatment. Both women found relief from their pain after joint replacement surgery performed by Dr. Nathan Jové of Atlanta Bone and Joint Specialists.
“Patients should always make sure they work with their physicians to determine if joint replacement surgery is their best option,” said Dr. Nathan Jove. Prior to hip replacement surgery, Huff had tried multiple anti-inflammatory medications and living in constant pain. “I didn’t want to use these drugs for the remainder of my life,” she said. Because her bones were deteriorating and with a diagnoses of bone on bone osteoarthritis, she knew that her hip would not improve over time. After exhausting all other pain relief measures, Dr. Jove recommended the surgery and Huff decided to get her hip replaced.
The day after surgery she was able to go home, which is considered impressive for someone in their mid eighties. Within three hours after coming out of the recovery room, she felt so good that she walked over 400 feet with the support of physical therapy staff. The typical patient walks an average of 5-50 feet a few hours after surgery. “At my age, it’s kind of a miracle,” said Huff. Huff had her other hip replaced two-three years prior, and due to the new pain injections Dr. Jové now uses in surgery, there is amazing early pain relief for those painful first few days.
For Rosetta Ash, having total knee replacement surgery was life changing. She initially injured her knee at home then she re-injured it after walking down 11 flights of stairs during a fire drill at work. She treated her knee pain, inflammation and osteoarthritis with medications and cortisone shots for months. She was fortunate to receive DeKalb Medical’s first outpatient surgery and care from a coordinated team of experts. “The doctor, nurses and everyone gave me excellent care,” said Rosetta Ash. “They told me what to expect every step of the way, from pre-op to surgery through post-surgery. I didn’t have to guess about anything and I really appreciate that.”
Just one week after surgery, she had the highest range of motion she could possibly have. “It’s absolutely miraculous,” she said. “I feel better than I could have ever imagined.” She was able to recover in the comfort of her home largely because of the pre-op education, her family members supporting her and driving her in the early post-operative period, excellent coordinated care and the tools she needed for a successful recovery.
To learn more about DeKalb Medical’s Orthopedics Program, click here. To find out if joint replacement may be right for you, click here.
Congrats to our own very Farrah Standridge! Her son Chase Standridge is the Gwinnett Sports Commission player of the week! You can read the entire article here.
We are proud to announce we are starting an initiative for a hip fracture center of excellence with Dekalb Medical. Our team will be working to ensure the care that will facilitate the fastest recovery for hip fractures. Our goal is that our patients can get back to their lives faster than ever before. From the minute you meet our doctors in the hospital to the minute you are discharged, we are making improvements. In order to do this, we are looking at other top hospitals in the nation and learning from their success in order to improve on our existing programs. With the brand new ER at Dekalb Medical, we look forward to serving our community when they are in need.
Visit our page within the next few weeks to learn more about hip fracture prevention and care www.atlantaboneandjoint.com/hipfractures
As Orthopaedic Surgeons, we are asked on a daily basis how we know what size knee a patient is going to get. People are also quite curious as to whether or not they will be receiving a gender specific knee - meaning, do men and women get differently designed knees?
The answer is quite straight forward. Each company that makes knee replacements has measured thousands of knees using precise CT scan data. Over time, they are able to use these statistics to "predict" which sizes people will need. By knowing this data and the variability of the knee size with respect to the ratio of the height to width ratio, companies make knees based on the most likely sizes. Interestingly, female bones tend to be slightly narrower, so prosthesis companies have started to make the "narrow" version of the knee, more commonly referred to as the female knee. With that being said, the surgeon must have multiple implants available at your knee surgery in order to choose the size that fits you best. So that's pretty much it! Women tend to have narrower knees, knee companies identified that, and the birth of the gender specific knee was born!
With smoking being a large risk factor for complications in surgery, we thought you may want to know how it can effect you. The basic concept is that in order for things to heal, they need blood flow. Blood provides all the nutrients, minerals and cells that help bone and tissue reform after they have been injured. Cigarettes severely impair this blood flow, making it very difficult for breaks to heal. Imagine a river that feeds into a rice field. If the river flows, the rice grows. However, if there is no water, there is no water for the rice and it doesn't grow.
In our groups experience, our doctors have struggled to get patients to completely stop smoking. We understand it's impossible to stop "cold turkey." However, the new medications we have are really working and stopping cigarette smoking. They are promising, we've seen it first hand.
Our doctors have all found higher rates of bones not healing in cigarette smokers as well as more wound complications in those patients as well. We can only control so many variables in an operation and cigarette smoking is a very difficult hurdle to overcome. Help us help you. Ask us about quitting smoking. We're here to help.
Recently published, a review article looking at cigarette smoking listed a few highlights in the article summary. Take a look at what it says.
Aspirin has been proven to be succesful in reducing blood clots after total hip and knee replacement. Are we able to use an even lower dose? New research is saying it may be possible. We're not making the change yet, but we're watching this research closely to see if we're going to make the changes. See the data on the link below!
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