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Blood Test Predicts Recovery After Hip Replacement Surgery

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Clues from a blood sample can predict how quickly patients who have had hip replacement surgery will make a full recovery, according to a new study led by Stanford Medicine researchers.

The hope is that the blood test will provide insights into things patients can do before and after surgery, such as adhering to a special diet or exercise routine, that may help them regain full mobility.

The findings may also help clinicians more accurately evaluate patient recovery after surgery. Currently, physicians gauge patients' recovery by asking them questions about pain and physical activity ...