Dr. Bertrand Kaper

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Scottsdale, AZ
31 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
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 Reconstructive Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Languages spoken

English, German

Doctor Q&A

310 Answers
152 Agrees
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Up to 3 months: Everybody recovers differently after a total knee replacement. The amount of physical therapy is therefore, variable. A usual pt course is anywhere ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Probably not: Scar healing can take up to 9 months. There may be areas of swelling or even a "bulge" during the healing process. Make sure there is no redness aro... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
No: A cortisone injection will typically help improve pain from bursitis or have no effect. It would be highly unlikely to actually make the condition wo... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Very unlikely: Hip replacement surgery is generally safe. It is recommended that the patient is appropriately evaluated prior to surgery to identify any potential me... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Low impact: A joint replacement of the hip or knee can withstand normal day to day activities. High impact activities such as running or jumping will lead to inc... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Physical Examination: A winged scapula can be diagnosed by an orthopaedic surgeon. Presence of a winged scapula may indicate underlying shoulder pathology that may need tr... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Rehab: First make sure you have consulted with the orthopaedic surgeon who performed your surgery. If xrays are normal, then physical therapy can often addr... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
No absolute age: Ideally the older the patient the better it is, since the materials used for hip replacement do not last forever. That said, there is no minimum age ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Groin pain: The psoas muscle, combined with the iliacus muscle- together known as the iliopsoas, is the main muscle responsible for flexion of the hip. Irritatio... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Rule out infection: A total knee replacement that is not allowing restoration of range of motion, especially after two manipulations, raises concerns about possible infec... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Ice and exercise: Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a common condition causing lateral elbow and forearm pain. Best treatment is regular icing, stretching and ex... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Potential problem: Acute sports injuries can result in anything from mild sprains to serious injuries to the structures within your knee joint. Front line treatment fol... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Not an emergency but: Given your history of a significant fracture of your elbow, pain in the joint should not be ignored. Initially treat the pain with "rice" that is rest... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
See an orthopedist : The combination of a stress fracture and a torn labrum makes your case challenging. There are different types of stress fractures, some of which requi... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Arthritis : The most common reason for a total knee arthroplasty or replacement surgery is severe arthritis of the knee. This is typically osteoarthritis, but can... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
No: Stretching of the hips will help keep the muscles, tendons and ligaments around your hip flexible, but will not make your hips wider.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: The severity of your knee injury that caused the tear of the medial patellar retinaculum tear will determine the length of your recovery. Physical th... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
A new hip: A total hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which damaged cartilage of the ball and socket (i.e. Arthritis) within the hip joint is replaced by... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Deltoid muscle: Shoulder press is designed to strengthen the deltoid muscle primarily. It will also condition the rotator cuff and chest muscles.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Several options: Exercises that will strengthen, tone and condition for hip, butt and thigh muscles include walking, swimming, bicycling, and training on a recumbent b... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Provided that your physician has documented the presence of symptomatic knee arthritis, insurance will usually cover supartz injections. Some insuran... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
See an Orthopaedist: A baker's cyst is often a sign of pathology within the knee joint (meniscal tear or arthritis e.g.). If you are also experiencing pain and swelling a... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Pain and swelling: Although different patients will have different symptoms, pain and swelling of a knee replacement are the typical signs to watch for. Most knee repl... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Walking and PT: Physical therapy before your hip replacement is strongly recommended. A therapist can evaluate the present state of your hip and instruct you on basic... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Work with surgeon: Pain after total knee replacement varies from patient to patient. Most orthopaedic surgeons use a "multimodality" pain management approach, using diff... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Removal of bone: Osteoplasty procedure involves removal or trimming of bone. The indication for this surgery depends of many factors- including body part involved and... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
See physical therapy: Depending on why you were recommended to wear the forearm splints, it will be worthwhile for you to see a physical therapist who can guide you to a he... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Consult orthopaedics: Prolotherapy is considered in the category of "complementary and alternative medicine"- with little scientific evidence to support its use. If your k... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Depends of swelling: Tedhose can help control leg swelling after total knee replacement. If your post-operative swelling is under control, it would be fine to stop the te... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Arthritis: Arthritis by definition is the loss or wearing away of the articular cartilage within the knee joint. In a total knee replacement, the cartilage is r... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Uni-knee: The knee joint can be divided anatomically into three "compartments"- medial (inner half), lateral (outer half), and patello-femoral (patella or kneec... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Both good options: The decision to have either hip resurfacing or total hip replacement is one that you need to discuss with your orthopaedic surgeon. There are advanta... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
See your doctor: Depnding on your day to day physical activity and demands on your body, this may be an overuse phenomenon. Best to start with a visit to your physicia... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: Incision length varies by surgeon's technique. Many of the less invasive approaches for hip replacement use incisions between 8 and 12 centimeters. F... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Hydrate &eat healthy: It is important to hydrate not just after exercise, but actually before and during as well. Electrolyte containing fluids (gatorade or similar) or wa... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Physical Therapy: There are of course many different types of injuries that can affect a shoulder. Appropriate evaluation by a trainer and/or orthopaedic surgeon will ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: It would be ok to gradually resume normal walking and activities. A typical ankle sprain may take up to six weeks to completely recover. Simple ankle ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Not a good idea: You will need at least 3-5 days of relative rest which should include regular icing and elevation of your leg. Don't try to do too much too soon. As... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
See an Orthopaedist: Bruised hips will heal with conservative care (rest and therapy) but a fracture may require surgery. Best to see an orthopaedic surgeon and have x-ray... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Chondromalacia: Aching of the knee caps or patella is usually a sign of a condition known as patellar chondromalacia. This refers to an irregular or rough cartilage ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Perhaps: Fractures of the humerus can be treated with or without surgery. Indication for surgery is usually significant displacement of the fracture that coul... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
No: If you have had a recent arthroscopic surgery, knee locking is potentially worrisome. Go back to your orthopaedic surgeon for re-evaluation.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Variable recovery: Shin splints refer to inflammation at the point of muscle attachment along the anterior shin. Recovery is dependent on the individual and influenced ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Good sign: Although the tear of your medial meniscus may not truly "heal" itself, many meniscal injuries can become less painful with time. If your knee if feel... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: There are several different types of surgery that can be performed on the patellar tendon- arthroscopic, tendon repair, and tendon realignment to name... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Inflammation: A "hot" knee would be a sign of inflammation within the knee joint. Inflammation can cause not only heat, but pain, swelling and sometimes redness. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
No easy remedy: Arthritis of the hip describes that gradual wearing of the articular cartilage in the hip joint. Unfortunately, there is no easy "remedy". Conservat... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Possibly: Pathology in the hip joint can cause not only hip pain, but referred pain to the knee as well. This is often seen with painful arthritis of the hip. ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Depends on severity: A "sprained" knee can range from a mild injury to the joint to severe injuries including tears of the ligaments. Recovery following mild injuries may... 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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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you Doctors for volunteering information. It's very helpful to those of us with low to no income.
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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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