One out of three knee replacements labeled as inappropriate

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A new study focusing on knee replacement surgery has found that one out of three cases may not have needed the extreme measure. The research, published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, reveals that 34 percent of the cases studied by the scientists could be listed as inappropriate. Researchers suggest that doctors may be recommending knee replacement surgery too often for patients.

Knee replacement surgery risks

Researchers have found that one out of three knee replacement surgeries could be classified as inappropriate for the patient. However, doctors argue that each case must be evaluated on an individual basis for accuracy, and it is difficult to determine if some people should have avoided the surgery. Nevertheless, the risks associated with a knee replacement surgery should not be ignored by patients who may be considering the option.

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Knee replacement surgery risks range from infection to death, and the most common complaints are blood clots that develop after the procedures. It is also possible to suffer from nerve damage, instability and bleeding. In addition, some patients are allergic to the parts in the replacement products and must be careful to avoid them. Every surgery carries risks that must be weighed carefully by the patient and medical staff before problems develop.

Inappropriate knee replacement surgeries

Research suggests that some people are seeking knee replacement surgeries without considering all of the other options, and there are cases of patients who view the surgeries as a way to prevent future deterioration. Instead of waiting for their knees to fail completely, these patients are getting surgery before it is necessary. Unfortunately, a knee replacement is not a perfect solution despite the medical advances in this area, and patients learn that the parts may need to be replaced again in 15 to 20 years. Before agreeing to the procedure, experts recommend consulting several medical professionals and evaluating all of the risks.

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