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Why Smoking is “Bad to the Bone!”

You probably know smoking has been proven to cause life-threatening health issues such as lung cancer, heart disease, COPD, asthma and low-birth weight in babies. But did you know, smoking can have a serious impact on your bones? It’s true! Increasing evidence has emerged over the years that shows tobacco exposure, both directly and passively through second-hand smoke, has been shown to have a detrimental effect on the musculoskeletal system.

So what does smoking do to the bones? According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, researchers have detected increased bone loss and lower bone mineral density in smokers compared to non-smokers and former smokers, and an increased risk of osteoporosis-related fractures including hip, leg, arm and spine fractures.

People who smoke face an increased risk for other musculoskeletal problems including increased chronic pain in the neck and lower back; increased rotator cuff tears and shoulder dysfunction with lower healing rates and poorer outcomes following rotator cuff repair. Smokers also have a higher risk of suffering from inflammatory, auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

So what does smoking do to the bones? According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, researchers have detected increased bone loss and lower bone mineral density in smokers compared to non-smokers and former smokers, and an increased risk of osteoporosis-related fractures including hip, leg, arm and spine fractures. 

But wait there’s more! Research has also found smoking can seriously impact bone healing after surgery and we concur! At Connecticut Orthopaedic Medicine, we urge patients to quit smoking before surgery because we believe patients who use tobacco have a harder time healing after total hip and knee replacement. In fact, the risk of wound healing problems and infections after surgery is more than double in smokers; with some tobacco users taking twice as long or longer to heal their fractures. In extreme cases, the broken bone may not have enough blood flow to heal at all! That’s what called a non-union and it can be very painful.

So what is a smoker to do? Start by quitting. According to the National Institutes of Health,  smoking cessation, even later in life, may help limit smoking-related bone loss. Click on the links for advice on how to “break the smoking habit” and read on for some extra tips to keep your bones as healthy as can be!

BeTobaccoFree.gov
http://betobaccofree.hhs.gov

Smokefree.gov
www.smokefree.gov

Quitting smoking aside, there are other steps you can take to increase your chances of having strong, healthy bones. Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D and avoid excessive consumption of alcohol. Exercise to build bone strength and talk to your doctor about a bone-mineral-density test. This test is easy and painless and can detect osteoporosis before fractures occur;  as well as predict one’s chances of fracturing a bone or bones in the future. There is no cure for osteoporosis but there are medications available to prevent and treat the disease in post-menopausal women and men. Ask your physician for details or contact Connecticut Orthopaedic Medicine for more information. Here’s to the health of your bones!

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

Danbury Hospital Joint and Spine Institute Achieves Success with New Total Joint Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Danbury Hospital Joint and Spine Institute Achieves Success with New Total Joint Program

New program provides patients undergoing total joint replacement with an exceptional experience and superior clinical outcomes.

 

DANBURY, Connecticut, October 25, 2018 — The Danbury Hospital Joint and Spine Institute has launched a new Total Joint Program as part of our ongoing commitment to enhancing the patient experience and improving outcomes. The patient-centric Total Joint Program emphasizes standardization of care, patient and caregiver education, and early mobility.

In just the first two months of the program patient satisfaction scores have increased 12 percent. Additionally, there has been an increase in the number of patients discharged to home versus a nursing facility; and, a decrease in the length of hospital stay so patients can heal in the comfort of their own homes after total joint replacement (TJR) surgery.

The Joint and Spine Institute incorporated a patient-centric destination model into the existing high quality care Danbury Hospital delivers to patients undergoing TJR. These improvements were launched thanks to a close collaboration between an administrative team and a multidisciplinary care team, including a patient navigator, orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses at Danbury Hospital.

As a result of the innovative care they receive, many patients go home the next day after TJR surgery. Some patients opt for same-day TJR procedures and are able to go home within hours after surgery. The Danbury Hospital Joint and Spine Institute coordinates with Western Connecticut Home Care, and other home health care organizations, so patients can convalesce safely in the comfort of their own homes. Studies show that patients have a better outcome when they go directly home after surgery, versus to a nursing home or short-term rehabilitation center.

“Through the Total Joint Program, we are achieving efficiencies and delivering even higher quality care with better outcomes,” said Sanjay Gupta, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and Joint Replacement Specialist at Danbury Hospital. “At Danbury Hospital, we perform about 900 joint placements each year. The Total Joint Program is the result of our dedicated staff continually improving how we care for our total joint replacement patients. We are very excited to see that the program is proving to have a positive impact for our patients.”

Highlights of the Total Joint Program include:

A Dedicated Joint Unit

The Danbury Hospital Joint and Spine Institute unit has 12 private patient rooms and a highly specialized team of nurses, physical therapists (PT), and occupational therapists (OT) dedicated to the care of TJR patients.

A Culture of Wellness, Early Patient Mobility, and Group Support

  • Patients wear their own clothing rather than a hospital gown.
  • Patients are out of bed early in the morning, simulating a normal home schedule. They also participate in out-of-bed activities throughout the day.
  • The Daily Patient Routine integrates nursing, PT, and OT.
  • Group PT and an Ambulation Board titled “Sail On To Recovery” help track each patient’s progress and promote friendly competition. These recovery tactics have been proven to result in better outcomes.
  • Caregivers and family members, or “coaches”, are included in therapy sessions to prepare them to assist in the patient’s recovery process.

 

Patient Education

  • A patient navigator provides personalized guidance to patients and their coaches as they progress through the Total Joint Program.
  • Patients and their coaches attend a group Pre-Op Seminar four weeks before surgery so they know what to expect. Studies show that patients who are more prepared for surgery report a better experience and outcome.
  • Patients are registered for Recovery Coach, a digital app that helps inform and prepare them for surgery with timely notifications, education modules, and reminders. They also have access to a guidebook to educate and coordinate care both pre- and post-surgery.
  • During their stay at the Danbury Hospital Joint and Spine Institute, patients receive a daily newsletter to set expectations for the day’s activities.

 

Standardized Patient Care, Tailored for Individual Needs

Standardized post-op and discharge orders create a more efficient, effective, and safe method for delivery of care. However, the Total Joint Program staff recognizes that each patient is different, with their own specific concerns.

“We take care of the emotional and physical needs of each of our patients, while also incorporating standardization so they know exactly what to expect when they have joint replacement surgery at Danbury Hospital. From intake to discharge to recovery, a network of staff at Danbury Hospital and Western Connecticut Health Network provide an individual approach to each patient,” said Dr. Gupta.

Pain after surgery is one of the biggest concerns for patients undergoing TJR. The Total Joint Program incorporates advanced pain management therapies, including innovative medicines and nerve blocks. A joint replacement pain management team, which is led by an anesthesiologist, consults with each patient before, during, and after surgery.

About Joint Replacement at Danbury Hospital

The Danbury Hospital Joint and Spine Institute earned the Center of Excellence designation from the Joint Commission for providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for hip, knee, shoulder, and ankle replacement. Our orthopedic surgeons are trained in less invasive techniques and the latest in pain management in order to provide safe, high quality care to all of our patients.

To learn more about the Danbury Hospital Joint and Spine Institute and new Total Joint Program, please visit our website.

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CONTACT

Amy Forni

Manager, Public Relations

203-739-7478

Amy.Forni@wchn.org

 

Andrea Rynn

Director, Public & Government Relations

203-739-7919

Andrea.Rynn@wchn.org

 

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region’s premier, patient-centered healthcare organization serving residents of western Connecticut and adjacent New York. WCHN is anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, and Norwalk Hospital. We have an integrated network of more than 1,300 employed and community physicians and specialists, 70 Western Connecticut Medical Group medical and sub-specialty practices across 16 communities, and Western Connecticut Home Care. Our nationally renowned Rudy L. Ruggles Biomedical Research Institute is leading innovative research, especially for cancer and Lyme disease. Many of our advancements have been made possible by generous donors from our community and through the Danbury Hospital & New Milford Hospital Foundation and the Norwalk Hospital Foundation. As an academic institution, we are proud to shape the future of care through our partnership with the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. WCHN employs nearly 6,300 employees including about 1,900 clinical staff. For more information, visit wchn.org. Share your comments with us at Facebook.com/DanburyHospital, Facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital, and Facebook.com/NorwalkHospital.

 

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Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

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Because young athletes are still growing, they are at a greater risk for injury than adults. The consequences of overdoing a sport can include injuries that impair growth, and may lead to long-term health problems. Share this #OrthoInfo with your young patients on playing it safe while participating in sports.

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Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

‘Cool’ New Knee Procedure Eases Arthritis Pain Without Surgery

A new, non-invasive knee procedure could bring some relief for patients suffering from debilitating chronic pain, for whom surgery is not an option.

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Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

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Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

What Golfing Can Do For Your Bone Health

Golfing is a fun and competitive sport for people of all athletic abilities to enjoy. Whether you do it recreationally or competitively, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM) want golfers to stay injury free and take advantage of the health benefits of the sport.

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Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

Taking Opioids Before Knee Surgery Could Raise Pain Later

New research on using opioids before knee surgery. It’s important to discuss a pain relief plan with your doctor. Learn more about how to #ManagePain w/ #PrescriptionSafety tips.

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Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

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Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

Noisy Knees? Arthritis May Be in Your Future

If your knees creak and pop, the noises could be an indicator of early arthritis, even if the joint does not hurt, according to one of the first long-term studies of the association between noisy knees and joint disease.

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Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

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Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

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Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

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Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

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Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.