More Hip and Knee Replacement Side Effects: Significant Increases in Bleeding Stomach Ulcers

Hip and knee replacement side effects are in the news again.  Most patients believe that a knee or hip replacement surgery is like getting a new part in their car… nothing could be farther from the truth. Recent research has shown that knee and hip replacement procedures are associated with a dramatic increase in stroke and heart attack risk. Now a new study shows that bleeding stomach ulcers are a problem as well! A Danish hip and knee replacement surgery registry was reviewed and then matched subjects without surgery were used as controls. There was a staggering 6 fold increase in stomach bleeding following a hip replacement and a 2-3 X increase in knee replacement surgery! The elevated risk lasted 12 weeks in hip patients and 6 weeks in knee patients. Using a proton pump inhibitor drug did decrease the risk for hip patients, but not for knee patients. The upshot? Given the hip and knee replacement side effects and risks, these surgeries are a big deal and not to be taken lightly!

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Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications. View Profile

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