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Yves wanted to thank all of you who sent her good wishes for her surgery today and e-mailed her notes privately. An update of sorts: she and her MD made a battlefield decision late last week to do a bilateral hip replacement (both hips at once) rather than a “staged” surgery (recall the original plan was to do the other hip in August, which is early for a staged surgery; the normal wait time is three months). Her less bad hip deteriorated with remarkable speed in the last six weeks, to the degree that it is now worse for walking than the side originally scheduled to be operated on first. This means Yves will probably be slower to get back in the saddle but will have less total recovery downtime than with Plan A. And bilateral operations have better outcomes than staged surgeries, not just

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Yves wanted to thank all of you who sent her good wishes for her surgery today and e-mailed her notes privately. An update of sorts: she and her MD made a battlefield decision late last week to do a bilateral hip replacement (both hips at once) rather than a “staged” surgery (recall the original plan was to do the other hip in August, which is early for a staged surgery; the normal wait time is three months). Her less bad hip deteriorated with remarkable speed in the last six weeks, to the degree that it is now worse for walking than the side originally scheduled to be operated on first.

This means Yves will probably be slower to get back in the saddle but will have less total recovery downtime than with Plan A. And bilateral operations have better outcomes than staged surgeries, not just from the “one operation less risky than two” standpoint but even for orthopedic outcomes. See here for a layperson’s writeup: When Two Joint Replacements are Better than One.

You may ask why they were going to be staged in the first place. The long version is tedious, and the short is, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

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German Conservatives Back on Track as General Election Approaches Der Spiegel

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U.S. Retrieves Millions in Ransom Paid to Colonial Pipeline Hackers WSJ

Pipeline exec to face Congress as US recovers most of ransom AP

Climate crisis to shrink G7 economies twice as much as Covid-19, says research Guardian

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ANOM: Hundreds arrested in massive global crime sting BBC

An Everest season like no other in Nepal amid a deadly pandemic Al Jazeera

#COVID-19

Which US vaccine plans actually helped hard-hit communities? MIT Technology Review

US may miss July 4 vaccination target as number of daily doses plummets Ars Technica

Wait, Vaccine Lotteries Actually Work?  Wired (Dr. Kevin)

Many More Americans Would Be Vaccinated if Our Health Care System Wasn’t So Terrifying The New Republic

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China?

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India

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Links 6/8/2021

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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