Smoking causes worse outcomes in joint replacement

Smoking causes joint damage Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death. According to OrthoInfo, more than 440,000 people in the U.S. die from tobacco-related diseases each year. Some damage done from smoking cannot be repaired, but other negative effects on your body can be reversed – or at least reduced – simply by … Read more

How to Prepare Your Home for a Successful Recovery

If you’re planning to have surgery at Midwest Center for Joint Replacement, you’ll need to do some home preparation beforehand. Since more than half of our patients return home the same day of their surgery, odds are that you’ll be home within hours or a day after surgery. So we encourage you to make your home a … Read more

Painful joint replacement? Joint revision may be the best next step.

Have you had a joint replacement and it’s been nothing but painful? Is your joint replacement years old and you’re worried it’s worn out? A good portion of our surgeons’ caseloads are dedicated to joint revision surgeries, in which they remove the ineffective implants and replace them with new, often customized implants. Just like hips … Read more

Aging Athletes: Exercise With or Without Joint Replacement

Musculoskeletal conditions and injuries are very common in aging athletes, including muscle strains, tendinopathy (rotator cuff tears, Achilles tendon tears, etc), meniscal tears with osteoarthritis in the knees, or worse – fractures. As you age, it is very important that you listen to your body and treat your aches and pains with care. However, the … Read more

Early Symptoms of Knee Arthritis

If you’ve been having pain in your knees but aren’t sure if it’s connected to arthritis, check for these warning signs: If you are beginning to experience these symptoms, but aren’t ready for surgical intervention, you can try to combat these symptoms with anti-inflammatories, heat on stiff joints, ice packs on swollen joints, and physical … Read more

Knee Replacement Surgery: Is it right for me?

Everyone recovers differently, but typically, patients can expect to have complete healing within nine to twelve months of their procedure. If you stick to the post-operative guidelines given to you before your surgery, the recovery period should be quick and relatively comfortable. Some of the guidelines are as follows: When recovery comes to an end, … Read more

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