According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, knee replacement
surgery is among the most commonly performed and clinically successful
surgical procedures in the United States.
The most common reason for knee replacement surgery is osteoarthritis,
caused by the breakdown of the cartilage that cushions the ends of the
bones in the knee joint. Osteoarthritis can produce debilitating pain
and limit mobility. Knee pain caused by arthritis often can be relieved
by nonsurgical treatments such as medications, physical therapy and knee
braces. For more severe pain, patients may get short-term relief from
injections of cortisone or hyaluronic acids. When there is dramatic loss
of cartilage, however, the patient may be a candidate for either partial
or total knee replacement.
To help people in the community learn more about osteoarthritis and the
latest advances in knee replacement surgery, Washington Hospital is sponsoring
a free Health & Wellness seminar, “Knee Pain and Arthritis –
Update in Treatment Options, Outpatient and Rapid Recovery Joint Replacement.”
Featuring Medical Co-Director of the IJRR at Washington Hospital, Dr.
Alexander Sah, the seminar is scheduled for Friday, April 15, from 1 to
3 p.m. in the Conrad E. Anderson, MD, Auditorium in the Washington West
Building at 2500 Mowry Ave. in Fremont.
At the seminar, Dr. Sah will discuss the treatments available for osteoarthritis
in the knee, as well as the range of options now available for partial
and total knee replacements. He also will explain new surgical techniques
that are improving the quality of outcomes in knee replacement surgery.
To register for the seminar on April 15, visit www.whhs.com/events.