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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee

Orthopedic Surgery
Philadelphia, PA
23 years experience

Locations

Office

Philadelphia, PA

Address

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

Insurances accepted

Coventry of DE - HMO

About

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

92 Answers
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Many things: Several things can cause the knee to buckle. Sometimes, tears of the meniscus or loose bodies within the knee can cause buckling. Other times, pain ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Cartilage problems: Sometimes, cartilage defects in the knee can cause significant pain and discomfort and not be readily apparent on xray. Assuming that you have not ha... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Lower impact: Strategies to minimize knee pain include weight loss (maintenance), activity modifications and a low impact quadriceps strengthening program. Avoidin... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Iliotibial band: There are many conditions that can cause pain on the lateral side of the knee. Runners can get irritation of the iliotibial band which runs on the ou... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 91-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
It depends: Patients with isolated patellofemoral arthritis or severe chondromalacia refractory to conservative treatment may be candidates for isolated patellofe... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Not necessarily: Typically the exercises that are focused on to strengthen the hip focus on abduction, and extension. These exercises work on the large muscles such a... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Help options: The first place to start is to go to a physician and get evaluated for your knee. You need to provide them with a detailed history of your pain and y... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: The shape (alignment) of your legs are largely determined by your genes. The alignment varies among people, races, and ethnicities. Certain conditio... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: We depend on the movement of the muscles of the leg to return blood and fluids (lymphatics) back to the heart. When you have had your leg in a depend... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
See an orthopedist: If you have been in pain for the past 3 years, you should probably visit an orthopedic surgeon for formal exam, and imaging.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
It depends: Depending on the condition, knee pain can respond to conservative treatment. However, you need to make sure you have no significant damage such as a ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Do not squat: You can often get the workout that you need by exercising smartly. Squatting or lunging can cause significant anterior knee pain and it is not good f... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Get an xray: If you have trouble with walking or putting pressure on your knee after any injury, you should see a physician and get an xray to make sure you do not... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Both children and adults can suffer from spinal stenosis. In children, spinal stenosis is usually as a result of a congenital problem. In adults, th... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: The answer is that the articular cartilage in your knee, particularly behind the knee cap is rough and irregular. That is why it makes noise, particu... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Knee arthritis: An older patient with end-stage (bone on bone) arthritis of the knee who is limited by pain and has failed conservative treatment including exercise, ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: If you have surgical reconstruction of your ACL and repair of your meniscus (if able), your chances to return to your prior level of activity (basketb... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
It may...: Hip stability is determined primarily by the position of the components and soft tissue tension. If someone has inherent ligament laxity, then they a... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Depends.: Depending on what you do and what was done, your return to work can range from a week to 6 weeks. If the meniscus is resected and not repaired, there... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
It varies: Typically, stretching and strengthening of artificial joints have beneficial effects. However, if there are specific mechanical obstructions (such as... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Low impact exercises: Low impact exercises are generally a good idea when one is suffering from knee injuries. Riding a stationary bike, elliptical machines, or swimming a... 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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