18 February 2011
Patients undergoing joint replacement surgery are more likely to experience positive outcomes if they maintain a positive outset prior to going under the knife.
According to new research presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), hip and knee replacement candidates who maintain a healthy lifestyle and a positive mental attitude experience better post-operative functionality than their unhealthier, less jovial counterparts.
A range of studies conducted at Stanford University, the University of Alabama, the Orthopedic Institute in Miami and the University of Massachusetts, have shown that smoking, alcohol misuse and poor patient attitude can potentially double the odds of post-operative complications.
Jasvinder Singh, associate professor of medicine at the University of Alabama, said: "Some known risk factors for complications like advanced age and pre-existing heart or lung conditions are difficult or impossible to modify prior to surgery.
"In contrast, smoking, alcohol abuse, blood sugar levels and mental attitude are completely manageable by the patients themselves."
1 Goel, Kristina; Pearson, Lauren."Healthy Lifestyle, Positive Attitude Can Help Improve Patient Outcomes after Joint Replacement Surgery". American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Friday, February 17th 2011.
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