Osteoarthritis affects more than eight million people in the UK. It is the most common form of joint disease, causing debilitating pain, stiffness and mobility problems.
MAKO robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery is improving the success of total hip replacements and reducing the risks to patients. While it may seem a bit “space age” to have a robotic arm assisting in your surgery, there are multiple benefits to this new technology that are helping to transform people’s lives.
Partial knee replacement surgery is now more accurate and successful than every before thanks to ultra precise robotic technology. MAKO technology uses CT scans to create patient-specific 3D models of the patient’s knee. These are then used to plan the correct sizing, position and orientation of implants according to the patient’s unique anatomy.
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?
Could your job be putting you at an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis? This was the question posed by a group of researchers from the Karolinka Institute in Sweden.
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.
We don’t tend to think much about our toes, shut away inside our shoes quietly getting on with their job. But, when we develop pain in our toes we soon become aware of how important they are to us.
While the rest of you are cracking nuts this Christmas, is there one member of your family who just can’t resist cracking their joints? Sometimes the people around them are full of dire warnings about the consequence of joint cracking, but are they right?
Knee Osteoarthritis is a painful condition that is increasingly common as we age. Could something simple like an increase in fibre help to relive the symptoms of this painful condition?
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?