High Incidence of Pain Common 1 Year Following TKA

Orthopedics Today —May 18, 2016

Orthopedics Today covers a recent study on the presence of pain after patients who undergo total knee arthroplasty (TKA) by Hospital for Special Surgery. Thomas P. Sculco, MD, surgeon-in-chief emeritus at HSS and study researcher, discusses his study and the outcomes.

"The quality of the results, hip vs. knee, is different and we still have not answered all the questions in knee replacement surgery as to why the outcomes in knee replacement surgery are not as good," Dr. Sculco said.

"I think that the ideal would be if we had a marker," Dr. Sculco said. "You could draw blood on a patient, and if there was a serum marker or you could genetically profile the patient and identify this patient is at higher risk to have problems with stiffness or persistent pain afterwards. That is the goal and that is certainly what we are working on for the future."

To read the full article, visit Healio.com/Orthopedics.


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