Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee

Orthopedic Surgery
Philadelphia, PA
25 years experience

Locations

Office

Philadelphia, PA

Address

1 Cupp Pavilion, 39th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Directions

Insurances accepted

Coventry of DE - HMO

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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Orthopedic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Low impact: The type of exercise depends on the timing following knee replacement. Initially, one focuses on range of motion exercises and learning how to walk p... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Maybe: The risks of engaging in high impact activities following joint replacements are wear, dislocation, and fractures. However, if you were a good skier ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Low impact exercises: Keep to low impact exercises like stationary bike, elliptical and swimming are good exercises. Focus on strengthening the quadriceps and avoid deep k... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Ice, rest, factors: For a hemophiliac, bleeding into the joints are the usual causes of swelling and subsequent arthritis. So, the first thing should always be to rest, i... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
About 3 months: Most patients require around 3 months of therapy to recover from this surgery. The first month is focused on regaining range of motion and gait train... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
It depends...: Whether you need surgery or not depends on what are your symptoms, the type and location of the meniscal tear. Typically, surgery is indicated sooner... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Infections following any kind of surgery can cause significant pain and morbidities. The critical point is that the infection needs to be eliminated ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
No: There is no evidence that glucosamine will promote ligament healing with or without surgery.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
No: Physiologic age (how you feel) is more important than chronologic (birth date) age. When counseling patients about joint replacement surgery, one has... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Many factors: Contributors to outcomes following joint replacement include patient and surgeon factors. While a technically well performed replacement will help th... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
No: No. Sciatica refers to irritation of the sciatic nerve and has nothing to do with septic arthritis of the hip.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends: Depending on the degree of injury, mild ligament strains can heal with time. However, if they are torn, then typically these ligaments heal with more... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Anterior knee pain: Anterior knee pain is quite common. It typically involves irritation of the cartilage from the area surrounding the knee cap. It is made worse with ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Possible injection?: If the xrays show no fractures and the MRI shows no significant cartilage or ligamentous injuries, i think the next step would be to try an intra-ar... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends on the tear: Depending on the size, and location of the tear, the meniscus can be repaired or excised. If you are having mechanical symptoms like (locking, clicki... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Location and symptom: Depending on the location and the symptoms you are having, you can figure out what might be wrong with your knee. Pain in the front of the knee typic... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
See a doctor: You should see a doctor, get standing full length hip to ankle xrays of your knees and get a detailed history and physical examination. There is a la... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Inflamed joints: Multiple joint aches, particularly bilateral and involving hands and feet can be suggestive of inflammatory joint disease such as rheumatoid arthritis... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Unclear: From your description, it is almost impossible to determine what is abnormality in your knee. You should be evaluated and complete radiographs of the... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
None: The procedure for performing a fulkerson osteotomy is the same whether it is done in an outpatient or inpatient setting. Being a relatively bigger pr... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends: Depending on the type of cartilage procedure, rehabilitation can vary. Some cartilage procedures like microfracture or oats or aci will require a per... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
No: At this point, there is no evidence that stem cells can revert the cartilage cell death that results in arthritis of the knee. There are cartilage re... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Encouragement: You can help by keeping her spirits up and encourage her to move and to walk. However, this will take time (sometimes 12 months) and the number of pa... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Walking, etc: After hip surgery, for the most part, there is transient weakness of the hip abductor and hip extensors. Therefore, after surgery, a program of walki... Read More
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A 91-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Where is the break?: Depending on the area of the pelvis that is fractured, different types of rehabilitation may be necessary. If only the pubic rami are involved, then ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Not too bad: Hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful orthopedic procedures. With current multimodal analgesia protocols, patients can expect to have... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Arthroscopic surgery: For the most part, PCL reconstruction is carried out arthroscopically. The procedure typically takes about 90 minutes and most patients can go home t... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Quad and hamstrings: Typically, the quadriceps and hamstrings which are the secondary stabilizers of the knee are strengthened following acl reconstruction. Depending on ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Rarely, in cases when there are no other limb salvage options, a total femoral replacement which is a hip joint joined by a segmental metal femur and ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
3 months: Typically fractures of any part of the body will take 2-3 months to heal. The bone will continue to remodel for up to 12-18 months. Cartilage injuri... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
It depends: Typically, only approximately 10% of patients with knee arthritis will qualify for a partial knee replacement based on strict criteria. However, depe... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
It depends: Patients with isolated patellofemoral arthritis or severe chondromalacia refractory to conservative treatment may be candidates for isolated patellofe... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Reconstruction: Treatment of torn ACL depends on patient age, activity level and expectations. High level athletes who are engaged in pivoting, cutting sports (socce... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends: Causes of stiffness following knee replacement include scar tissue formation, component size and position among many factors. However, the most impor... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Ankle joint fracture: A trimalleolar fracture means that the 3 corners (maleolli) that make up your ankle joint (tibia and fibula) are involved with the break. It usually ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends...: If you feel that your knee is still unstable, then you should check with your physician. A repeat MRI can tell you whether the graft is intact or str... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Orthopedic Surgeon: If you need a joint fusion, you need to see an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the area of the body or the joint in question.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Pain avoidance: Guarding or favoring a joint refers to behavior or gait patterns that avoids using the joint that is painful. So, limping and not putting full pressu... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Nerves: Typically numbness points to nerves. Numbness associated with weakness is concerning for spine disease (pinched nerves). You should consult a physic... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes?: Artificial joints only act as resurfacings for arthritic joints. Therefore, ligaments, muscles, and nerve endings are preserved. So, if the joint is... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
A few weeks: The acute pain from surgery typically last only a couple of weeks. Following, it is not uncommon to feel less pain as time goes on. However, it is a... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
RLS?: I am not aware of any connection between restless leg syndrome and knee surgery. Certainly, with multiple surgeries, nerve damage can occur. Without ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
A couple of things: Pain at the top of patella can result from a few things. First, the cartilage of the knee cap might be inflamed (chondromalacia). Second, you might ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Get repeat exam: You should get a repeat exam by an orthopaedic surgeon and new xrays of your ankle to evaluate for the possibility of posttraumatic arthritis.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes, but not often: Knee replacements can feel like "seizing" or "locking up" on rare occasions and they are usually not due to the device. The most likely phenomena you... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Early arthritis: Sounds like you have some signs of early arthritis in your knee. Stiffness is quite common in these instances. Once you start moving, the body produ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Low impact exercises: If you have been diagnosed with chondromalacia of the knee, you should focus on low impact quadriceps strengthening exercises. Strengthening the quad... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Usually not: Pain related to osteoarthritis typically is dull ache that is often increased over the course of activities. Sudden pain that comes and goes suggests... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Fluid collection: Cysts are typically comprised of joint fluid that escapes the joint through a communication between the joint and the subcutaneous space. The questio... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Maybe: Stair climbing place significant impact on the knee cap. So, if you have knee pain related to either inflammation or arthritis of the knee cap (front... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Lee is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Lee is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Reason was sarcoma, extensive bone infarcts with massive effusions. Never had it before surgeries was just wondering. Thanks!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you. My sister's doctor's office has not been helpful. :)
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Thanks for your quick reply! yr. advice would usefu torecover my knee..

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor College of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1998MD

Awards

Top Orthopedic Surgeon , Second Place, Pennsylvania - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Clinical Care Associates
Hospital Of University Of Penn
Penn Presbyterian Medical Ctr
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