As the temperature falls the pain in your injured knee seems to increase. Is this a real phenomenon or simply due to the fact that aches and pains tend to feel worse in the winter? No, you are not imagining it, the fact is that certain types of knee injury really do become more painful when…
At the start of a new year, many of us feel the urge to take control of our lives in one way or another. If you suffer from chronic arthritis you may have more reasons than most to want to act.
The Festive season means spending time with family and friends. But if one of them is an arthritis sufferer it can sometimes be difficult to know what to say or do and if you haven’t seen them for a while, it can be sad to see that their condition has deteriorated. People sometimes feel helpless…
3D printing is already being used to create customised orthopaedic implants for joint replacement surgery. Now, further technological advances are offering a glimpse into the future of orthopaedics whereby synthetic implants could be populated with a patient’s own cells to encourage tissue regeneration.
Infections after knee or hip replacement surgery are, thankfully, rare. However, they do occur – according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons around one in every 100 people will develop an infection following hip or knee replacement surgery – and you need to be aware of the risks.
Knowing what to expect after total knee replacement surgery can help you to prepare for your recovery and ensure you don’t try to do too much, too soon. As a general rule, partial knee replacement recovery is slightly faster.
Robotic knee and hip replacement surgery – using a state of the art robotic arm called MAKOplasty® – has been hailed as a new era in orthopaedic surgery. Surgeons talk about improved clinical outcomes due to the fact that the robot can assist with increased accuracy of standard implant positioning and exact achievement of the…
Traditional printing involves laying down an image onto a flat surface. By contrast, 3D printing deposits materials – plastic, metal, ceramic, powders, liquids or even living cells – in layers to create a three-dimensional object. It has been around for nearly three decades but how is it now transforming healthcare?
The pain of osteoarthritis can be debilitating. As we age, the cartilage that cushions our joints naturally starts to wear down. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that speeds up cartilage loss, damaging the joint surface and causing the bones to rub together. This creates inflammation and pain.
In the past, surgeons selected “off-the-shelf” knee implants from a range of prefabricated, standard, fixed models. Now, few things epitomise the wonders of modern surgery like customised knee implants, created using 3D printing. Are you considering knee replacement surgery – are you aware of your options?