Rheumatology Network Features Special Coverage from American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Conference

Mar 24, 2014, 13:45 ET from UBM Medica US

NORWALK, Conn., March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Medica US announces that Rheumatology Network, a leading online community for Rheumatologists, offers tips to guide patients in deciding whether to opt for knee replacement surgery to relieve the pain and suffering of knee osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis, painful age-related deterioration of the cartilage that cushions the inside of joints such as the knee, affects some 27 million Americans. Knee replacement surgery (inserting an artificial knee joint) doubled in the first decade of this century, and can be expected to increase further as the large "Boomer" generation ages. As many as one in five patients don't find the pain relief they expect from this invasive procedure. In some cases the replacement breaks or becomes infected,  and the surgery needs to be repeated. How can a person decide whether to take the risk?

Last week at the annual conference of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in New Orleans, several research teams presented new insights that help to predict the outcome:

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