Intravenous administration of ketamine in patients undergoing total knee or hip arthroplasty is safe and effective for postoperative pain relief and the reduction of morphine consumption without increasing the risk of gastrointestinal or psychotic adverse effects, say researchers writing in the BMJ Open last month.
Roughly half of patients who undergo total knee replacement subsequently experience musculoskeletal symptoms in previously unaffected bodily areas, researchers reported in ACR Open Rheumatology.
Recent advances in partial and total knee arthroplasty show that taking essential amino acids may improve outcomes post-surgery; more patients may be having physical therapy with a virtual reality game instead of a physical therapist; and, a Florida hospital experiments with bundled care for arthroplasty procedures. Learn more in this slideshow.
Partial knee replacement should be considered first over total knee replacement for patients with late-stage isolated medial compartment knee osteoarthritis, say researchers writing in The Lancet this month.