SUMMARY In this article you will learn about the various potential long-term health complications associated with metal hip prosthesis. For several decades metal prostheses have been used to replace joints, particularly the hip joint. Nevertheless, relatively little is known about the effects these metal implants have on the body and the possible problems with metal prosthesis [...]
Why hip replacement? One of the largest joints in the human body is the hip. A healthy hip joint will be surrounded by cartilage to support the joints and stop the bones from rubbing against each other. The ‘ball and socket joint’ is connected by ligaments and lubricated to help prevent friction. SUMMARY In this [...]
Why knee surgery?  In cases of advanced stages of knee osteoarthritis (coxarthrosis) the articular cartilage may be completely destroyed. This is usually accompanied by severe inflammation and pain. This can be very debilitating as mobility is significantly reduced. SUMMARY In this article you will learn about the different treatment options in cases of severe knee osteoarthritis, [...]
SUMMARY In this article you will learn what an arthroscopy is, why it is commonly performed and what risks it entails. Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows surgeons to view, diagnose and treat the inside of large joints. The word arthroscopy comes from the Greek words ‘athros’ (joint) and ‘scopos’ (to look). VIDEO SUMMARY - [...]
Surgery types Depending on the severity of articular arthrosis and the location, there are certain operations that may be appropriate. These operations involve the mechanical engagement with the affected joint(s). Arthroscopy This is considered a “minimally invasive” surgery. Under local anaesthesia, a small opening usually only the size of a pinhead is used to insert a [...]
What is osteoarthritis (OA)? Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease with progressive destruction of the cartilage of the major joints of the body. The conditions for the development of osteoarthritis are usually present in early youth. Minor injuries of the joints (knee, hip, hand) can cause abrasion which steadily wears away the cartilage. Over years and decades, [...]
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease, OA, or osteoarthrosis, is a form of arthritis caused by inflammation, breakdown, and the eventual loss of cartilage in the joints -  cartilage wears down slowly over time. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. The progression, or stages of osteoarthritis extends over several years, [...]