Immune activity shortly after surgery holds big clue to recovery rate, Stanford team finds

September 24, 2014 6:26 PM

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Most of the more than 200 million surgical procedures performed annually worldwide are minor, Angst said. But in the United States alone, millions of those procedures — hip replacements, for example — are sufficiently traumatic to trigger profound inflammatory responses in patients.

That initial blast of inflammation is essential to the healing process, said Angst. “You need to unleash the dragon,” he said. “But you need to be able to ride it. Too much inflammation spells a protracted recovery.” The immune system’s components must continually rebalance their contributions in a ...

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