Tomorrow’s Health: heart surgeries, kids with COVID & knee treatment

Tomorrow's Health

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a substantial decline in heart surgeries.

Researchers analyzing a national database found a 53 percent drop in cardiac surgery compared to 2019 - and those who do undergo operations are experiencing worse outcomes.

Kids with COVID

The latest count shows more than 2.6 million children in the U.S. have tested positive for the coronavirus.

That’s nearly 13 percent of all cases.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the numbers underscore the urgency of controlling the spread so students can safely return to school.

No knee replacement

For patients in the earlier stages of osteoarthritis, doctors say there’s an underused procedure that can prevent the need for a total knee replacement.

A study in Canada says the surgery called high tibial osteotomy has shown considerable success in younger patients and that most do not need a knee replacement within the next 10 years.

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