Talk about adding insult to injury… You’ve decided to go all in with total joint replacement surgery to get fitted with a brand new set of artificial hips or knees.
But you’re not only trading in your old knees for some new ones. The doctors may be throwing in a heart attack waiting to happen. Because as difficult as the recovery will be on your legs, it turns out it’ll be even harder on your ticker.
According to a new study, people who have total hip or knee replacement surgery face a significantly greater risk of a potentially deadly heart attack — and it’s a risk that stays with you for years.
Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine collected data for about 20,000 people over the age of 50 with osteoarthritis who had total joint replacement and compared these patients to folks who didn’t get the surgery.
The results were alarming. Your chances of a heart attack are more than eight times greater in the first 30 days after knee replacement surgery, and four times greater after hip replacement.
And your odds of developing blood clots in your veins and lungs stayed high for at least four years after the surgery was performed.
Mainstream medicine treats joint replacement as if it’s as easy as buying a new set of wheels. But at least with a new car, if you don’t like it, you can trade it back in.
With joint replacement, you’re looking at months of being laid up lame, painful physical therapy and in the end, only a 50-50 chance of any meaningful improvement in your disability.
Fortunately, there are safe and less expensive alternatives to the knife. I regularly treat my patients with natural supplements like curcumin and resveratrol that are proven to block the body’s inflammation response and help control pain. And drug-free treatments like acupuncture, which I offer at my clinic, can provide lasting joint pain relief.
And I always recommend patients try these drug-and surgery-free alternatives before turning to joint replacement. Because you may be risking a lot more than your hips and knees in the bargain.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Hip, knee replacement for osteoarthritis raises risk of heart attack, medicalnewstoday.com