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Dr. Bertrand Kaper

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Scottsdale, AZ
30 years experience male

About

Bio

I am a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon- fellowship-trained in joint replacement surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder. I specialize in minimally invasive hip replacement with the direct anterior approach; NAVIO robotic-assisted total and partial knee replacement; and shoulder replacement surgeries.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Languages spoken

English, German

Doctor Q&A

310 Answers
152 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Up to your surgeon: The choice of skin closure method is surgeon dependent. Many surgeons use skin staples, but more and more surgeons will use sutures under the skin an... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: Disuse atrophy simply suggests that a muscle weakens because of lack of use. A muscle wasting disease can be related to a number of underlying factor... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Different options: Pain at 8 weeks after a partial knee replacement is not unusual. Post-operative synovitis or surgical inflammation may take 3-4 months to resolve aft... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Depends on severity: Avascular necrosis is also known as avn or osteonecrosis- a condition in which the blood supply to the hip ball (the femoral head) is compromised. Th... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Get xrays: It would unusual for hip replacements that are only 6 years old to require revisions. Pain around the hip, especially in the groin area, can indicate... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Discontinue Meds: A statin medication may cause the unwanted side effect of muscle pain or leg pain. If this is suspected to be the case, the medication should be stop... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
See a Rheumatologist: If you are having symptoms in multiple joints, it may be a sign of a systemic condition such as rheumatoid arthritis. A good place to start an evalua... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
See your Ortho: Given your history of previous hip replacements, xrays of your hips should be the first step to evaluate your present symptoms. If the xrays show no ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Osteoarthritis: The most common indication for a total knee replacement is osteoarthritis (oa). Oa is generally referred to as the "wear and tear" type of arthritis ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Get lab work done: Most common type of arthritis is Osteo-arthritis or "wear and tear" arthritis. Blood tests can indicate the possibility of rheumatoid arthritis. Any... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Common: It is estimated that at least 600, 000 knee replacements are performed every year in the us. Surgery is indicated for advanced arthritis that has fai... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Different causes: Pain in the knee can be caused by a number of problems, including patellar chondromalacia, torn meniscal cartilage, arthritis or a loose body in the k... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Excellent results: Patient satisfaction with the outcomes of hip replacement surgery are excellent overall. Reported satisfaction rates for patients are high, based on ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Yes it does work: Supartz (hyaluronic acid) is one specific type of visco-supplementation injection- designed to treat knee arthritis. It helps restore the nature visc... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Many good choices: The choice of which hip implant to use is usually up to your orthopaedic surgeon. There are many excellent options available today, many of which have... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Avoid the Unispacer: The unispacer device has been available for many years. It sounds like an attractive option for some patients with arthritis. Long term research, ho... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Generally safe: Hip replacement surgery is a common and safe operation but does have risks. Risks include medical complications (blood clots, stroke, etc), anestheti... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Careful exercise: It depends of course on which body part is in a splint. If is it an upper extremity splint, you can still do aerobic activity such as walking, exerci... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: Titanium is commonly used in orthopaedic implants. In knee replacement, titanium can be used for the tibial prosthesis (part on top of your shin bone... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: Every patient responds differently to hip replacement. Pain can be noted almost anywhere around the hip and in the thigh muscles. This is often infl... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Severe pain: A dislocation of a total hip replacement is a very painful event. Pain and inability to move your hip is typically seen. A reduction of the hip will... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
No easy way to heal: Arthritis, by definition, refers to loss of the articular cartilage within a joint. Unfortunately, therefore, there is no way to "heal" your arthriti... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Varies by patient: Everybody recovers at their own pace after a total hip replacement. Acute healing phase is 2-3 weeks. Do not try to overdo in the first 6 weeks, but... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Not easitly: Transporting a patient with a broken hip across the country is a challenging and risky idea. If there is the notion of flying the patient, you must b... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Alternate heat & ice: A bruised muscled is often treated best with a combination of heat and ice. Use a routine of 5 minute heat and then 5 minutes of ice, always starting... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Maybe: The success of a total knee replacement is objectively measured through a series of steps. These steps are designed to assess how well the knee repla... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
No: Tendinitis is not a systemic condition, meaning that it will not spread in your body. Tendinitis is a local condition of inflammation of a tendon.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
No quick fix: To answer your question, it depends on whether you are referring to "meniscal" cartilage or "articular" cartilage. Arthroscopic surgery can "fix" a t... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: Studies of hip replacements over the last 30 years have shown that titanium is one of the best materials to use for patients.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Stretch and strength: A shoulder rehab program involves restoration of range of motion (stretching) and reconditioning of shoulder muscles (strengthening). This type of pr... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Sometimes: At the beginning of a shoulder rehabilitation program, there can be pain. If the rehab is under the direction of a physical therapist, make sure you ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
No: A dislocation of a prosthetic hip is a very painful event. You will not be able to walk or move the hip without significant pain. A dislocated hip r... Read More
A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Chondromalacia: Patellar chondromalacia refers to an irregular or rough cartilage surface of the undersurface of the patella or kneecap. It is the medical term to de... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Maybe: A fracture or break involving the hip socket can increase your risk of "post-traumatic" arthritis. This risk is determined by several factors includi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Proceed with caution: Although financially it may make sense to consider hip replacement abroad, it is a big decision to have surgery done abroad. There are now multiple c... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Titanium: In orthopaedics, the most commonly used material for joint replacement implants are made from titanium. The reason is that titanium as an element, is... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: This would depend on the type of tumor that you are dealing with. A "lipoma" which is a common benign fatty tumor underneath the skin could easily be... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Avg age 63: Realistically, there is no "normal" age to have a total knee replacement. Although the problem of knee arthritis becomes more common with age, not eve... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Minimum 90 degrees: Every patient will recover at their own pace after total knee replacement. One of the strongest predictors for how well you will be able to regain kn... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
No "quick fix": The goal of weight loss should be achieved gradually, not through the latest over-hyped diet or exercise craze. Weight loss can be achieved gradually ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis is a disabling disease that can cause severe joint destruction. Treatment should be via non-operative options first- nsaid's, co... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Depends on cause: The first challenge is to identify why your knee is sore. If you had an injury, best to start with the rice treatment- rest, ice, compression and ele... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Many options: There are many online sites that can provide helpful information. Reliable sites include: www.Aaos.Org www.Aahks.Org your orthopaedic surgeon sh... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Psoriasis: The most common skin disorder that also affects the joints, including the knees, is psoriasis. Although certainly not all patients with psoriasis wil... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
None needed: Once a hip joint has been replaced, there is really no additional supplement that will be needed. Your body will continue to produce the synovial flu... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Exercise regulary: I applaud you for wanting to stay young and healthy. Regular aerobic exercise, coupled with light resistive training, will help you stay in shape. I... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: The symptoms you describe are most consistent with an injury to the meniscus cartilage in the knee. Recommend an MRI scan and an orthopaedic consult ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Chondromalacia: Patellar chondromalacia refers to an irregular or rough cartilage surface of the undersurface of the patella or kneecap. Pain that is most noticeable... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Varies by patient : Everybody recovers differently after a total knee replacement. The definition of "normal" will also vary patient to patient. The more dedicated the... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Consult Orthopedics: Snapping hip syndrome or coxa saltans can have have several causes. External causes are typically snapping of the itb (ilio-tibial band) over the gre... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kaper is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kaper is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kaper is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I have been suffering for 3 years, had laprosc. surgery 2 X , had the veins stripped, some have not closed yet 9 months later. Now he wants to do my other leg which is t...Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! I have had a cortisone injection & physio it has had improvement , should I still see a surgeon about the tear

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Awards

Committed to improving the quality of life of my patients here in Arizona as well in developing countries such as Ecuador and Guatemala through efforts with Operation Walk International.
Thought Leader, Second Place, Phoenix, AZ - Winter
2013
Top Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgeon , First Place, National - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Chairman and Founder, Operation Walk International
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