When patients are scheduling joint replacement surgery, we prescribe compression stockings for post operative use. Worn at all times throughout the recovery period, they prevent blood clot formation.
The highest quality of patient care is likely to include use of the Bair Hugger system. Now in use for almost 40 years, the Bair Hugger system has become standard procedure for patient warming.
It may not be time to break out the champagne yet. However athletes everywhere should note that in a clinical trial at Boston's Children's Hospital, surgeons have been quietly conducting a successful experiment. Over the last year, 10 adults have received ACL (anterior crucial ligament) repair without having to sustain another surgically induced injury.
Top ACL surgeons meeting in Sweden report both positive and negative news about the injury and findings for corrective surgery. Regardless of repair strategies, i.e. harvesting the patient's own tissue, or using pig tendon; patients can frequently develop secondary problems.