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Dr. David Fisher

Orthopedic Surgery
Indianapolis, IN
40 years experience male

Locations

Ortho Indy

Indianapolis, IN

Address

8450 Northwest Blvd , Indianapolis, IN
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Ortho Indy

Indianapolis, IN

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Indianapolis, IN

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Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

Doctor Q&A

96 Answers
4 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
1 or 2 days: Most patients spend 1 or 2 nights in the hospital after total hip replacement. They may do several sessions of physical therapy, receive medications ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Water is great: Tha exercises include abduction, flexion, and extension exercises to regain muscle strength. Walking and marching will help. Doing these activities ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Few if any: Total hip replacement should restore motion in an arthritic hip, often to the range that was present before arthritis developed. Implant position can... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
They are the same: A total hip replacement involved putting in a cup fixed to the pelvis, and a stem with a ball on top, into the femur. This creates an artificial ball... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: A total knee resurfaces the parts of the knee that rub together. Instead of having worn out cartilage (chondromalacia) or bone rubbing together, you ... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Not necessarily: If you are not limited by pain, weakness, or giving way symptoms, there is no need to rush into knee replacement surgery. Many minor symptoms can be ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
6-10 weeks: You should be about 90% recovered at 6 weeks and see improvement for several more months. Most people return to normal activities at the 6-10 week ti... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Knee or hip: Knee pain could be from a knee problem unrelated to the hip surgery, or it can sometimes be seen as referred pain from the hip stem causing irritation... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Needle and syringe: A needle can be inserted under sterile conditions into the knee and excess fluid can then be aspirated with a syringe. The area of insertion is usual... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Activity progression: Recovery from hip replacement is straight forward. The pain is easily managed with medications and rapidly eases. Most patients can walk with a walk... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Inflammation: Warmth and swelling are signs of inflammation in the knee. This could be due to infection, wear debris from the implant, or a traumatic injury. You ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Joint surgery: This surgery involves insertion of a lighted instrument with video camera attached into a joint and using small instruments through very small incisio... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Bone realignment: Osteotomy involves the surgical cutting of a bone, followed by realignment in a way to change the alignment of the bone. This can be done for fractur... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Cold weather or low pressure conditions may make the affected joint ache a little or aggravate percieved stiffness. This is most noticable the 1st ye... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Back exam: Pain above the iliac crest is not likely to be coming from the hip. It is more likely to be radiating from the lumbar spine. A low back evaluation i... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: You can have an MRI of other parts of the body after a total knee replacement. Imaging the leg near the implant is more challenging due to the metal ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
In certain cases: There are total femur implants that include hip and knee replacements with a metal femur. These are used for unusual cases such as tumors or severe f... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Maybe: If the infection has been treated with antibiotics and is resolving you are probably okay. If not, the surgery should be postponed until the conditio... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Very useful: For patients suffering from arthritis in the knee, a total knee replacement can relieve pain and improve function. This may include walking, hiking, ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends on ligament: Some ligament injuries will heal with non operative treatment. This depends on which ligament and how severe an injury occurred. The medial collater... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Tissue healing: The bones and soft tissues must heal after tha. There is initial trauma and bleeding that causes an inflammatory response. Soft tissue healing occur... Read More
A 77-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Several weeks: There is pain associated with a knee replacement. We can minimize the pain with careful surgical techniques and multi-modal pain management technique... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
You can: You can have an MRI after a tha, it just needs to be noted before the scan is performed as the metal may affect the quality of the scan if it involves... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Analgesics: Most patients have little pain at 6 weeks post op. For any discomfort they have, any analgesic may help, including tylenol, (acetaminophen) ibuprofen... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
3-6 month recovery: This surgery can improve your function and pain level but takes a while to recover. The hospital stay is usually 2-3 days, followed by 4-6 weeks of t... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Multiple: In general, the complication rate after tha is around 2%, depending on patient and surgeon factors. Complications after tha can include blood clots i... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
15-25 years: Tka implants can last a long time in the body, with over 90% of well done tka devices still working well at 15 years. A few may fail for various reas... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Depending on the nature of the condition, there are several options. Cartilage repair surgery continues to develop for early knee damage. For more s... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Worsening symptoms: Arthritis causes a loss of cartilage, followed by bone and muscle changes that can lead to stiffening, shortening, and weakness in the hip. The pain ... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
May be unstable: The knee is still recovering from surgery at 3 months and it is common for patients to experience stiffness when getting up from a chair or bed. They... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Exercise: After total knee replacement, exercises are needed to restore motion in the knee. These are started immediately and include stretching and muscle str... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Bad fracture: Comminuted means multiple bone fragments from a relatively high energy injury. The greater and lesser trochanters are two anatomic areas on the upper... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Very important: It is very important for patients to work on regaining range of motion and strength in the muscles around the knee after tka. Failure to do so will l... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Follow docs advice: You should follow your doctors advice for recovery and long term followup. It is important to return periodically ( every 2-4 years) to your doctor ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Possibly: If you were a skilled skier before your hip replacement, you should be able to return to that activity after 3-4 months. You should stay within your ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Home exercises: Recovery after total hip replacement should be easy. Pain is short lived and can be easily managed with medications. The muscles quickly regain the... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
6 months: The most rapid phase of recovery is in the 1st 6 weeks, but full recovery from tka can take 6 months or more. The bone and soft tissue healing take t... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Immediately: The cpm machine was designed to get the knee moving after surgery. While studies have not shown any long term difference in total knee patients with ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Inform surgeon: Numbness in the leg can be a complication of total hip replacement. Various nerves can be injured and cause numbness in certain areas of the leg. In... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
A few restrtictions: You may have a few restrictions in the first 6-8 weeks. Most patients can return to the activities they enjoyed before tha within 2-4 months. This m... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Resurfacing the knee: A total knee replacement involves removal of a few millimeters of bone and cartilage from the bones that rub together in the knee. The area of bone r... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Have a revision: If the implant is loose, it will need to revised. There are several causes for loosening. See a surgeon who does many revisions and your chances of ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Joint inflammation : The synovial membrane is the lining of a joint and synovitis is inflammation of that lining. It can cause joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. When ... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Irritation: Hip pain after tha can be caused by irritation of tendons, muscles, bursa, bone, or the joint lining (synovium). Most common location is groin, butt... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Patients will often continue to have mild groin pain after a tha. It may be due to flexor tendonitis, a condition that can cause groin pain when you ... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Now: It is best to exercise before surgery. It will quicken your recovery. The best exercises for tka are quadriceps strengthening with straight leg rais... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
No: Implant costs are generally included in the procedure costs for the hospital. It would be unusual in the us for the patient to pay for the implant in... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Not necessarily: While 37 is very young there are some circumstances where a total knee may be indicated. Before considering this however, there are a number of other... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Low risk: Dislocation can occur after a tha but is generally very low and dependent on the original surgical approach, femoral ball size, and skill of the surge... Read More
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
3-6 months: The recovery continues for 6 months or more. The most rapid phase is in the first 6 weels. At that time most patients will still have start up stiff... Read More

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Dr. Fisher is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Fisher is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thanks for the info. Your description of the cause of the pain and that it will resolve was reassuring. Don't want to do this again.
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This saved my life. Thank You! It's been hurting;good to hear it might JUST go away EVENTUALLY!!
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Thank you. A friend is having this done, trying to get an idea about what she may need after...

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Indiana State University School of Medicine
Graduated 1982MD

Medical/Graduate school

Indiana University School of Medicine, IN
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

Indiana University Hospital

Residency

Methodist Hospital

Residency

Indiana University School of Medicine

Awards

Top Doctor, Indianapolis Monthly Magazine
Humanitarian of the year, Arthritis Foundation
Top Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgeon , First Place, Indiana - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
Indiana State Medical Association
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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