An app that uses Apple Watch technology to connect patients and their surgical teams may optimize the care and outcomes for patients who undergo knee replacement and hip replacement, two of the surgeries performed most often in the United States each year.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common causes of chronic pain in the world. More than 30 million people in the United States alone suffer from OA, which can affect any moveable joint of the body, including the knees, hips, and hands. OA normally manifests itself as a breakdown of joint tissues, including degradation of cartilage.
Orthopedic experts at Rush University Medical Center are the first in the Midwest to offer a new treatment using the first synthetic cartilage device approved by the FDA for patients suffering from painful arthritis at the base of the big toe.