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January 2014

9 out of 10 people who have total joint replacement surgery dramatically reduce their pain...

Learn how Monroe Clinic's new Joint Replacement Center of Excellence is blazing the trail to a higher quality of life for joint pain sufferers.

If you are living with hip or knee pain, you are not alone. The problem is widespread, and it can be debilitating. In a National Health Interview Survey of American adults, 30% of respondents reported having joint pain in the past 30 days, and knee pain made up the majority with 18%.  Another 7% reported hip pain. 

When Good Joints Go Bad
"Healthy cartilage allows smooth, painless movement. Wear and tear, injury and arthritis can damage the cartilage, causing joint movement to become stiff and painful," said Dr. Lance Sathoff, a Monroe Clinic orthopaedic surgeon. "A joint replacement can remove the damaged tissue and restore frictionless movement with an implant that works like a healthy joint."

If you are one of the millions Americans living with joint pain that interferes with your daily routine or decreases mobility, perhaps you've considered joint replacement surgery.  The good news is that more than 90% of patients who have this procedure experience a successful outcome. They enjoy a significant reduction in hip or knee pain, and they are able to resume their daily activities.

Getting Started
Considering your options? You can start by talking to your primary care physician or consult with a member of our Joint Replacement Center of Excellence. There have been many innovations in both total and partial joint replacements, as well as overall options for the treatment of arthritis and osteoarthritis. One of our skilled health care providers can thoroughly evaluate your condition and help determine what options are best for you.

Joint Replacement Center of Excellence
If joint replacement is the right choice for you, Monroe Clinic's Joint Replacement Center of Excellence offers a fresh and motivational approach to recovery after surgery. 
Here are just a few ways they are doing things things differently:
•    No hospital gowns for this crowd - you wear your own clothes!
•    Family members are encouraged to participate in group activities, meals and other special events
•    Exercise and therapy done as a group, so patients can support and encourage each other
The Joint Replacement Center of Excellence team believes the key to better outcomes is a commitment to superior education for you and your family. Their comprehensive approach includes:
•    Engaging community outreach seminars
•    An informative pre-op class for patients and family
•    DVD or online presentations to help explain your specific procedure
•    A Patient Guidebook
•    Daily newsletters during your stay with us
•    Educational wall displays answering the most frequently asked questions

"The journey toward recovery can be rewarding and life-changing, but it starts with that first step," said Dr. Sathoff. "It may seem daunting at the beginning, but one of the most common responses  I hear from patients after having joint replacement surgery is 'Why didn't I do this sooner?'"

Talk to your primary care provider today. Or to make an appointment with a member of Monroe Clinic's Joint Replacement Center of Excellence Team, call 608-324-1127.  You can also email us with questions or for more information at jointcenter@monroeclinic.org.

Giving blood can lower your risk of heart attack ... and more.

You already know donating blood saves lives. That fact alone is reason enough to attend your next local blood drive. However, what you might not realize is that it also offers benefits for the person giving blood. 



Here are 5 ways giving blood one day save the donor's life.

1) Heart health: Researches from the American Journal of Epidemiology learned donors who gave blood just once a year lowered their heart attack risk by 88-percent when compared to those who didn't give blood. While researches are still investigating these benefits, one theory credits the iron reduction caused by blood donation. While iron is a vital part of our body, too much can cause blood to stick to arteries and become difficult for the heart to pump.

2) Cancer prevention: The dip in iron caused by blood donation  is also thought to help lower cancer risk. Free radicals cause the iron in our blood to oxidize and damage cells, which can lead to cancer. However, blood donation lowers iron levels and may ultimately lower the giver's cancer risk. In fact, one study following 1,200 people for more than four years discovered the group who gave blood twice annually had significantly lower cancer and mortality risk than the group that didn't give blood.

3) Free health screening: Each blood donation comes with blood, blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron level screenings. While these screenings don't replace a exam by your provider, they can help increase the donor's awareness of their current health status.

4) A sitting workout: Your body has to replace the blood you donate, burning a minimum of 650 calories in the process. While blood donation certainly isn't an exercise or diet tool, it's interesting to know that your body is working hard internally even when you are sitting still.

5) Happiness: Doing good deeds boosts the mind, body and spirit. Studies show acts of giving and compassion combat stress and contribute to longer, healthier, happier lives .

"Each unit of blood you donate can potentially save three lives. Every day we are learning about new ways giving blood benefits to both donors, but the bottom line is that anyone one of us or our loved ones could be on the receiving end someday," said Jonathan Swindle, orthopaedic trauma surgeon. "A healthy blood supply is essential to a healthy community, and I can't think of many gifts that are more meaningful."

You can learn when and where the next blood drive is scheduled in your community by visiting redcross.org.