RETURNING TO WORK AFTER A KNEE REPLACEMENT

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A major concern for people considering a knee replacement is if they will be able to return to work after surgery. A study recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that most people are able to return to work after a total knee replacement, even those with physically demanding jobs.

The study’s author and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Adolph Lombardi stated that they “…were very surprised by the results,” that showed that 98% of people that underwent a total knee replacement, were able to go back to work.

The study included nearly 700 knee replacement patients and included both women and men between the ages of 18 and 60. Prior employment for the subjects ranged from desk-work to physical labor.

While 98% of the subjects returned to work after surgery, the key result is that 89% returned to the same job they had before the surgery. Particularly notable in these results is that 97% of those that had more labor-intensive jobs were able to return to their heavy work. Similarly high results were also seen for those with medium-intensity and sedentary jobs. Also, men were significantly more likely than women to return to work.

Dr. John Tongue, president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons states, “These studies show there is a cost savings to society… People are getting back to work. They can pay taxes instead of being on disability.”

With over 650,000 people in the US having knee replacements, this study is great news. This high number of procedures shows that people are no longer scared of having the joint replacement surgery. Improved surgical techniques and better implant materials coupled with better pain management and physical therapy have made it a more popular procedure, especially among younger patients.

All these advances translate into patients getting back to work in a matter of weeks as opposed to months like it used to be.

Staff @ MexicaliMedicalGuide
April 9, 2013

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