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Date:3/6/2011

y might also lower the risk to patients of contracting this type of secondary infection.

"Orthopaedics, especially knee replacement surgery, is one area that may lend itself to accelerated discharge," says author Adelaida M Castro Snchez, from the University of Almeria. "We therefore postulated that early rehabilitation after total knee arthroplasty could accelerate the capacity of patients for daily life activities, and reduce their hospital stay."

Osteoarthritis is estimated to affect around three quarters of over 65s in developed countries, and when it affects the knees it can be intensely painful, affecting the gait and leading to deformity. As a result, replacing the knee joint with a surgical implant has now become a routine, but major, surgical procedure.


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