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Learning to replace knees with metal, plastic devices
In orthopedic circles, the Year of the Hip has been replaced by the Year of the Knee. Building on the knowledge gained from total hip replacement, surgeons are setting their sights one notch lower, and are learning to replace the entire knee joint with metal and plastic devices.Total knee replacement attracted more attention than any other procedure during the recent meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Las Vegas. One exhibit even featured a patient who had received a total knee prosthesis 11 months earlier. He cheerfully exhibited his scar and showed his roentgenograms to the surgeons who crowded around. He walked well, and said he could even jog; but he had lost one function: "I used to be a regular weather bureau," he said. "Before a rainy spell, my knee would hurt terribly. Now I have to watch the TV weatherman to
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