Modern medicine is pretty amazing. The fact that we can replace a hip or knee which isn’t working with a brand-new one…WOW!
But as miraculous as your new joint might be, the success of the replacement is going to depend a lot on you – how you prepare before and how you take care of yourself after surgery. So what can you do to improve your odds of a positive outcome? What are some common problems and how can you deal with them? Hopefully our whiteboard video and the other resources below answer these questions and more.
|Hip and Knee Replacements
||Our whiteboard on for joint replacement surgery: How do you increase the likelihood of a good outcome? What are the five key things you should know?|
|Joint Replacements: A Fresh Air Podcast
||In this CBC podcast Dr. Mike talks to Mary Ito about the pros and cons of articficial joint replacements.|
The Best of the Rest
|Howard J. Luks, MD
||Dr. Luks' site has lots of resources on knees, elbows, shoulders and general othopedics. His site's headline: Sports Medicine Just Got More Social.
||Love Dr. Luks' key principles including 'Patient as a care partner' and 'We treat patients, not MRIs'. He was named one of Twitter’s Top Ten Doctors and serves as a Board Member of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. Follow him at @hjluks and on Facebook.|
|The Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation: Patient Resources
||This site provides a number of booklets and other resources on all sorts of topics related to joint replacement.
||Easy to understand, useful info on planning for and recovering after surgery. Especially like the Get Moving brochure on how to maximize activity after hip or knee replacement. You may also notice they share a certain, high-quality whiteboard video on the subject...|
|NHS: Knee Replacement Animation
||This video from the U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) explains how a knee replacement is done and what might lead to the need for surgery in the first place.
||Short and to the point, using understandable language and helpful visuals. Check out. Use the search box on this page to find other great quality resources from NHS Choices.|
|The "anterior approach" to hip replacement: An NPR podcast
||This podcast explains a bit more about the "anterior approach" and looks at what the evidence says about this type of hip replacement surgery.
||There has been a lot of internet hype about this approach to hip replacement. This podcast provides some useful context for interpreting what you might be reading on-line. As with any surgery, it's important to inform yourself as much as possible and talk to your doctor about what's right for you.|
|BoneSmart: Patient Advocacy & On-line Community
||"BoneSmart is dedicated to raising awareness about the latest hip replacement and knee replacement surgery options, fostering a supportive patient community"
||This site provides access to a number of on-line communities and discussions while also linking to helpful articles and videos. It was recommended to us by a patient who had undergone a total hip-replacement.|